Binali Yildirim to be appointed new PM in Turkey

    Binali Yildirim to be appointed new PM in Turkey

    May 22, Ankara: Turkey’s ruling AK party named Binali Yildirim as new Prime Minister, a key ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after a reported rift led Ahmed Davutoglu to quit.

    Yildirim, the outgoing transport minister, is the sole candidate at a party congress in Ankara, reports said

    His main task will be to oversee constitutional changes to increase the president's power. The issue is thought to have been behind the resignation of Davutoglu.

    The new Prime Minister's main task, observers say, will be to pilot a change in the constitution to transform Turkey from a parliamentary to a presidential system, placing more power in Mr Erdogan's hands, media reports said.

    Yildirim takes the job as Turkey faces security threats from PKK Kurdish militants and so-called Islamic State.

    According to reports, aa ceasefire between Turkey and the PKK ended weeks after elections in June 2015, and the renewed conflict has claimed hundreds of lives on both sides, particularly in Turkey's south-east.
    The Oslo Times


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