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Turkey's Erdogan gives loyal ally mandate to form new government as PM

Transport Minister Binali Yildirim (R) flanked by his wife Semiha Yildirim, greets supporters as he attends the second extraordinary congress of the AK Party in Ankara, on May 22, 2016Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday gave his close ally and Transport Minister Binali Yildirim the mandate to form a government as prime minister in a move set to further consolidate the strongman’s grip on power. Yildirim had earlier been chosen by the ruling party as its new chairman, immediately vowing to make a priority out of implementing Erdogan’s controversial plan for a presidential system to enshrine his status as the Turkish number one. In a carefully choreographed process, Davutoglu hours later met Erdogan at the presidential palace to formally submit his resignation as prime minister.

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