Davutoglu resigns as Turkey's Prime Minister

The Prime Minister’s decision to resign was largely due to the yesterday's meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

5 May 2016 16:37

At a news conference currently underway at Ankara’s headquarters of the Justice and Development Party, Ahmet Davutoglu said he resigns as Chairman of Turkey’s ruling party, thus effectively ending his Premiership.

Ahmet Davutoglu’s resignation came days before the May 22 congress of the AKP ruling party.

The AKP, Turkey’s leading party, received a majority of the electoral vote at the last parliamentary elections. Traditionally, a politician heading the ruling party gets the position of Prime Minister.

On May 4, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a 30-minute meeting with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following which Davutoglu announced his resignation, Reuters reported, citing its own sources in the Turkish government.