Turkey PM says won't seek new mandate at party congress

AFP , Thursday 5 May 2016

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during a news conference at his ruling AK Party headquarters in Ankara, Turkey May 5, 2016 (Photo: Reuters)

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday announced he would not be seeking a new mandate as ruling party chief at a extraordinary party congress on May 22, meaning he will step down as prime minister.

"I declare that we will hold our congress on May 22," Davutoglu told reporters in Ankara after a meeting of the central committee of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), adding: "I don't think I will be a candidate in the next congress in the current circumstances." According to the AKP's convention, the party chief and premier are always the same person.

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