Turkey: PM Davutoglu to step down as Erdogan looks to expand presidential powers

Turkey: PM Davutoglu to step down as Erdogan looks to expand presidential powers
Ahmet Davutoglu -- PM, for now. (Image: Screen grab of Euronews video)

[Ed. – Turkey’s drift into Islamist autocracy continues to look unstoppable.  The military’s general staff, once the backstop against political adventurism, has been neutered.  The courts have been purged of independent jurists.  The clampdown on the media is virtually absolute.  Erdogan’s going after the independence of parliament — and of the prime minister (the office he used to hold).  This crisis point will basically be decisive.]

Turkey’s Ahmet Davutoglu has said he will step down as leader of the ruling AK Party later this month raising further doubts about his future as Prime Minister.

At a press briefing in Ankara on Thursday, Davutoglu called for party unity, announcing he would not stand for re-election at an extraordinary AKP congress on May 22nd. …

Despite pledging loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Davutoglu’s decision was widely anticipated after reports of a rift between the two men over plans to move the country to a more presidential system of government. …

The political uncertainly has also rattled the financial markets. On Wednesday, the Turkish Lira fell almost 4 percent against the U.S. dollar.

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