Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will quit his position and will not stand for the position at his party's extraordinary congress later this month, hereby confirming rumors of a rift with President Tayyip Erdogan, whose ambition has focused on empowering the presidency of Turkey over the present parliamentary system.
According to reports this morning by the BBC-News, speculation of the prime minister's resignation has been rife since he met with the president yesterday. Davutoglu, who was hand-picked by Erdogan, is thought to have disapproved of Erdogan's ambition to move Turkey to a presidential system of government over the present parliamentary structure. At a congress of the ruling AK Party on May 22, Davutoglu has confirmed that he will not stand for the prime minister spot.
Davutoglu thus falls as yet another victim to Tayyip Erdogan's acts to remove impediments and criticism from his drive to authoritarian rule in Turkey. However, even after a more passive prime minister is picked in Turkey, Erdogan could still encounter a number of stumbling blocks on the way to fulfilling his ambition. A wider world spotlight will also be on Turkey on May 23 and 24, this year, as the country will host the first ever United Nations(UN) Humanitarian Summit.
Renewed fighting with the Kurds, implementing a migrant deal with the European Union(EU), along with hopes of visa-free Turkish travels within the EU, the continued execution of the Syrian war as well as rights and speech issues of individuals and of the press - all could present upsetting events to Erdogan's strong presidency.