ANKARA—Turkey’s ruling party has picked Ahmet Davutoglu, the foreign minister, to replace president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its new chairman and prime minister, Al Jazeera reports.
Erdogan, the outgoing prime minister, announced Davutoglu’s nomination on Thursday following a meeting of the senior leaders of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party).
“I believe our candidate for party leadership and prime minister will realize the ideal of a new Turkey and the AKP’s targets for 2023,” when modern Turkey celebrates its 100th anniversary, Erdogan told supporters of his party, the AFP news agency reported.
Davutoglu, 55, was long reported to be Erdogan’s top choice to replace him. Davutoglu has steered Turkey’s foreign policy since 2009 and was an adviser to Erdogan before that. He is expected by many analysts to be a docile prime minister, primarily taking instructions from Erdogan.
Erdogan has indicated he intends to keep his grip on government by making use of the largely ceremonial presidency’s seldom-used powers such as calling and presiding over cabinet meetings, and by expanding the office with new powers, the AP news agency reported.
Davutoglu’s nomination will be rubber-stamped by an extraordinary congress of the AK Party on August 27 and he will take office a day later.
Erdogan was elected president on August 10 with 52 percent of the vote.