World Bulletin / News Desk
"None of the media reports about the resignation of Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek reflects the truth," AK Party Spokesman and Deputy Chairman Mahir Unal told reporters.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is also the AK Party chairman, also spoke about the claims, telling the media in Ankara that no such thing was on the cards at the moment.
"But it doesn't mean that there won't be [such a thing]," the president added.
Erdogan and Unal's remarks came after reports emerged that Gokcek's name was among other mayors expected to quit following resignations of Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas and Duzce Mayor Mehmet Keles.
The president hinted the recent resignations were part of a reform of the party before the 2019 elections.
"I hope we will prepare for the elections with a much livelier, more dynamic, stronger structure," he said.
In a speech last May, Erdogan said the ruling party had been suffering from a "metal fatigue" and needed a substantial change.
"The AK Party’s most important feature is its ability to renovate and renew itself," he had said.
Reason for crash not yet known, defense minister says
Electoral coalitions in Iraq are often formed based on sectarian and ethnic lines
Al-Aqsa officials are warned not to carry out any renovation work at flashpoint holy site, local official says
Rescue team has not ruled out possibility of locating more bodies
Israeli officials say Gaza economy was “like from zero to below zero”
Salim al-Jubouri also stresses need to support war-ravaged Nineveh province in post-ISIL era
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders insisted that Trump said "I'd," not "I" as the newspaper reported.
Palestinian minister says Israeli government violates Christian, Muslim places of worship
Five people are still missing after the mudslides, according to an update on the County of Santa Barbara's website, which warned people to "anticipate the numbers of missing persons to fluctuate significantly."
Haider al-Abadi forms Victory Coalition and calls on political groups to join his ‘supra-sectarian national coalition’
‘The U.S. Pacific Command has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii,’ says Pentagon
Palestine Liberation Organization calls for the assurance of the establishment of the Palestinian state
Antonio Guterres says UN supports Colombian peace process
Speculation about Haley's presidential ambitious has picked up since she defended Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, staring down friends and foes alike at the world body.