World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will today meet to decide who will take over the chairmanship of the party as well as the position of prime minister from the outgoing Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is due to resign in order to take up his duties as Turkey's new president.
The party's Central Executive Board will select Erdogan's replacement before party members vote for the nominee chairman in an extraordinary congress on August 27.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been tipped to be the favorite to replace Erdogan as prime minister after months of speculation, with even outgoing president Abdullah Gul offering his backing to Davutoglu, but deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc and AK Party vice-chairman Numan Kurtulmus are also among the names of possible candidates.
A recent poll conducted by the Political Survey Institution in Turkey also found that 60 percent of AK Party voters hoped to see Davutoglu take both posts.
A cabinet reshuffle is also expected to be announced after the meeting.Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2014, 10:23