Binali Yildirim to form new government

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asks new leader of ruling AK Party Binali Yildirim to form new cabinet following his approval of the resignation of former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) meets with incoming Prime Minister Binali Yildirim at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, May 22, 2016.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked ruling AK Party's new chairman Binali Yıldırım to form the country's 65th government on Sunday.

The president first accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his cabinet on Sunday following the result of the AK Party extraordinary congress in Ankara.

However, Erdogan requested that Davutoglu and the cabinet members stay at their posts until the new government is formed.

Yildirim, 60, who was the sole candidate to run for the party’s leadership, garnered 1,405 out of 1,411 votes in the election held at the Arena Sports Hall in Ankara on Sunday. Out of the 1,411 votes, six were declared invalid.

Davutoglu had served as foreign minister from 2009 to August 2014, when he was elected chairman of the party after then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected president.

Davutoglu became the second chairman of the AK Party after 13 years of Erdogan as leader.

On May 5, Davutoglu announced that he would not run for the AK Party chairmanship.

Yildirim, a co-founder of the party has served as transport minister (with other portfolios, including maritime) in five Turkish governments under Prime Ministers Abdullah Gul, Erdogan and Davutoglu.

TRTWorld, AA