Turkey ruling party set to name Davutoglu as PM

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (C) arrives for a meeting in Ankara, on August 20, 2014Turkey’s ruling party meets on Thursday to choose a new leader and premier to succeed incoming president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu the overwhelming favourite for the job. The executive committee of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will meet in Ankara at 1100 GMT to agree a successor for Erdogan, who has transformed Turkey since first becoming prime minister in 2003. The press has been abuzz for days with reports that Davutoglu was favoured for promotion and outgoing President Abdullah Gul, in comments Tuesday, appeared to leave the issue in no doubt. “As far I understand, Ahmet Davutoglu will be the next head of government,” Gul told the media at his last reception at the presidential palace in Ankara.

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