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Turkey PM ‘to quit’ in rift with President Erdogan

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will stand down at an extraordinary congress of his ruling AK Party later this month, the BBC reports.

Speculation about his resignation has been rife since Mr Davutoglu met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.

He is long thought to have disapproved of Mr Erdogan’s plans to move Turkey to a presidential system of government.

The congress will be held on 22 May, reports say.

The reports emerged after Mr Davutoglu held talks with senior party leaders.

Earlier on Thursday, presidential aide Cemil Ertem appeared to confirm the speculation when he said there would be no snap elections following the appointment of a new leader.

He also told Turkish TV that the country and its economy would stabilise further “when a prime minister more closely aligned with President Erdogan takes office”.

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