Erdogan says his goodbyes – today (August 28) he assumes his duties as President of Turkey
On August 29 Davutoglu takes over as Prime Minister
By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara
AKP’s extraordinary congress held in Ankara, is considered historic in Turkey, with Ahmet Davutoglu taking over the presidency of the party and on August 29 will assume his duties as Prime Minister.
He set the tone of how he will govern the country. “We do not say goodbye to Recep Tayyip Erdogan; this is a conference of ‘faith’ in him and his ideas”, said the former Foreign Minister of Turkey.
Davutoglu, with Erdogan’s order, was proposed as the sole candidate for the presidency of the AKP, since he gathered signatures from all of the party’s 1,245 delegates who participate in the Conference. No other member of the ruling party run for president.
“We are ready to make any sacrifice, in order for the AKP to achieve its goals”, Davutoglu said and reported that “we have a vision for the new Turkey, a strong Turkey. Those who do not participate in this effort should be ashamed”.
The new president of the ruling party showed that he will follow Erdogan’s policy and vowed to continue the effort for the resolution of the Kurdish matter.
Erdogan earlier, as outgoing president of the AKP, after referring to the 12 years of political activity as Prime Minister, said that “I delivers the AKP first to God and then to you; the party, my love, my passion”.
AKP’s conference was held in an indoor basketball stadium in Ankara, and 1020 buses carried 40,000 people from all over Turkey to attend the election of the new president.
Erdogan today August 28, will assume his duties from the President Abdullah Gül and on August 29 will give the mandate to Ahmet Davutoglu to form the new government.
Favourite for the Turkish Foreign Ministry is considered the Head of MIT Hakan Fidan.
Political analysts estimate that Erdogan, as President of the Republic, will continue to rule the country and the party, despite his limited powers.