Thursday, May 5, 2016

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu to Resign

Had this bookmarked to post- before the news item, let's read a comment left regarding this breaking news:

Ahmet Davutoglu resigns. The post Erdogan Phoenix?

Davutoglu as the Pheonix Rising from the Balkanized Turkey? Entirely possible.


Image from Newsweek
ANKARA,— Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced Thursday he would step down as ruling party chief at an extraordinary party congress on May 22, meaning he would also quit as premier. “I declare that we will hold our congress on May 22,” Davutoglu told reporters in Ankara after a meeting of the central committee of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). “I don’t think I will be a candidate in the next congress in the current circumstances,” he added.
Divisions between Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that had been rumoured for months erupted into the open on Wednesday, with the two leaders holding crisis talks at the presidential palace that failed to resolve the conflict. With some AKP officials openly weeping in the press conference room, he said the end of his term was “not my choice but a result of necessity”. 

 Necessity?  Whose necessity? What necessity? Why?- That's  a very vague statement.

 Davutoglu became premier in August 2014 when Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected head of state after more than a decade as prime minister. In an emotional statement in which he took no questions, Davutoglu gave a long description of his achievements as premier.
“There is no feeling of failure or regret in making this decision” to step aside, he said.
Amid reports that his departure was the result of a split with Erdogan, Davutoglu said he would not criticise the Turkish strongman. “Whatever happens, I am sticking to the promise I made. I will continue a committed relationship with our president until my last breath.”
“No one heard or will ever hear a single word from my mouth, from my tongue or my mind against our president. He also said he would continue to serve as a lawmaker for the AKP even after he steps down.But Davutoglu hinted that divisions within the AKP were in part behind his decision to quit.“In both (past AKP) congresses, I was elected party leader by consensus. I will not be a candidate for the party leadership if there is no consensus.”
Anyone wanna tell me Turkey hasn't been being destabilized? Betrayed by it's so called partners in NATO? If so, don't bother.

 Newsweek:Turkey's Prime Minister Confirms His Resignation

Turkey’s prime minister has confirmed he is resigning from his post, following reports of divisions between him and the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he would step down following a meeting of his Justice and Development (AK) party on May 22.
The country and its economy would stabilize further "when a prime minister more closely aligned with President Erdogan takes office,”  presidential aide Cemil Ertem told Turkish TV, according to the BBC.
“A strong [AK] government will continue to lead for the next four years, and there should not be any doubts concerning safety and stability,” Davutoglu said, when announcing his resignation on Thursday.
He said he would not “accept any speculation concerning my relationship with President Erdogan.”
“We have always stood shoulder-to-shoulder.

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  1. Turkish PM hires top PR firm in EU capital

    It's been brewing for awhile. Just days after leading the AKP to victory/parliamentary majority in elections, Davutoglu hired a PR firm to "improve his overseas image."

    At the time of this story Erdogan and Davutoglu were locked in a struggle over cabinet appointments in the new government. Later statements by Davutoglu hinted at a rift. Although the AKP did win a majority it failed to achieve the supermajority required to change the constitutuon according to the wishes of President Erdogan. Many, including myself, perceived that Davutoglu was angling to isolate the President as part of foreign sponsered regime change operations.

    In the end Erdogan, a politician who could bring AKP faithful to the streets, proved too strong for
    Davutoglu, a politician-intellectual who could not.

    1. yeah it always felt that davu was the most 'west agenda' compatible. he was always the first to say outrageous thing that antagonized everybody.
      Specially when the Russian jet was shot down!

  2. It's not a big deal he just wants to spend more time with his family and friends at his new Italian villa;)

    Or wants to live before the pitchforks/guillotine shows up.


    Worth reading this entire article on the scorched earth tactics in Anbar.