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Turkey ruling party crowns Davutoglu as Erdogan successor

Turkish Foreign Minister and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) chairman candidate Ahmet Davutoglu greets his supporters on August 27, 2014Turkey’s ruling party on Thursday confirmed Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as the successor to Recep Tayyip Erdogan as premier and party leader, with both men vowing the handover would herald no change in strategy. Erdogan, 60, is to be sworn in as president on Thursday and the approval of Davutoglu, 55, from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was a key step in a tightly-choreographed succession process. Analysts expect the changeover at the top will not change Erdogan’s status as Turkey’s undisputed number one, and both men emphasised that a strict continuity would be maintained. Yet Erdogan rejected suggestions that Davutoglu would simply be a puppet premier, and said the AKP would never be a “one man” party.

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