SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – The Justice and Development Party, which has ruled Turkey for more than a decade, nominated the foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, on Thursday to succeed President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan as prime minister and party chairman. Erdogan delivered the announcement after meeting with the party’s executive board in Ankara.
“We have consulted with everyone from the people on the street to the highest bodies of our party,” Erdogan said in making the announcement. “We have come to a point of peace and brotherhood, and the unity of this movement is about everything. Those who want to sow seeds of discord will not succeed.”
Davutoglu, 55 is a longtime ally of Erdogan, having previously served as his chief adviser, and he has overseen the country’s foreign affairs for five years. Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics since becoming prime minister in 2003, is to be inaugurated as president on Thursday after gaining victory on Aug. 10 with nearly 52 percent of the vote in the country’s first direct presidential election.