FM Davutoglu to succeed Erdogan as Turkey’s PM

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been nominated to replace President-elect Erdogan as prime minister

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been nominated to replace President-elect Erdogan as prime minister

ANKARA - Turkey's President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan has nominated Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to be the country's prime minister and the leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

Davutoglu's name has been determined by consensus reached after intense negotiations within the party, Erdogan said Thursday following a meeting of his party's executive committee.

Davutoglu will replace Erdogan as the prime minister of the Republic of Turkey if elected as the party chairman at the extraordinary congress of the party due on August 27.

Erdogan said no feeling of resentment occurred within the party during the process of determining the nominee.

"Those who are expecting discord and dissociation in our party will once more be disappointed both during the period until the party congress and its afterwards," he said.

Erdogan will be inaugurated as Turkey's 13th president on August 28, one day after the party congress. He is expected to designate the new PM on August 29.

According to the results of August 10 presidential election, outgoing PM Erdogan won by 51.79 percent of the vote while his rivals Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Selahattin Demirtas garnered 38.44 percent and 9.76 percent respectively.

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