A former deputy premier of Turkey resigned from the ruling party on Friday.
Abdullatif Sener, a former deputy prime minister, announced that he resigned as a member of Turkey's ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party.
Sener presented his resignation in a party meeting in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
"I made a farewell speech in the meeting, and the Prime Minister (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) wished that it (this decision) would be good for me," Sener told reporters after the meeting.
Abdullatif Sener served as the state minister and deputy prime minister of Turkey between November 18th, 2002 and August 29th, 2007. He was also a founder member of the AK Party.
After the general elections held on July 22nd, 2007, Sener --also an economy professor-- decided to resume his academic career at a private university and lecture at a state university in Ankara.
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