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Turkey's prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu steps down

Ahmet Davutoglu. Credit: Reuters

Turkey's prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced his resignation.

Davutoglu, who has clashed with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said he was stepping down as leader of Turkey's ruling AK Party following a meeting with party executives.

The party will hold an emergency convention on May 22 to select a new party leader, who will also replace the premier.

"I would never consider running as chairman if there is no consensus," Davutoglu said.

"Under these conditions, I am not considering standing as a candidate at the upcoming extraordinary congress."

Davutoglu said he would continue to be a member of party. "I feel no reproach, anger or resentment against anyone," he said. "No one has ever heard any word from me against our president and never will."

Davutoglu's resignation will pave the way for Erdogan to pursue a tighter grip on power.

Divisions between the Davutoglu and Erdogan camps first spilled into the open over Turkey's conflict Kurdish militants in the south-east.

On Monday, a brawl broke out in Turkey's parliament between members of the ruling AK Party and the pro-Kurdish opposition party HDP over controversial legislation that could see some lawmakers investigated on terrorism charges.



South Yorkshire police chief 'welcomes Orgreave review'

The 'Battle of Orgeave' in 1984. Credit: PA

The acting chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has welcomed an independent review into the so-called 'Battle of Orgreave'.

Chief constable Dave Jones said in a statement: "The Hillsborough Inquests have brought into sharp focus the need to understand and confront the past and give people the opportunity to explore the circumstances of such significant events.

"I would therefore welcome an appropriate independent assessment of Orgreave accepting that the way in which this is delivered is a matter for the Home Secretary."

The Battle of Orgeave, as it became known, was a clash of around 10,000 striking miners and 5,000 police officers in Rotherham in 1984.

Yesterday former miners' leader Arthur Scargill called for an inquiry.

'Both sides need to focus more on patients'

Both the government and the British Medical Association (BMA) need to focus more on how the junior doctors dispute is affecting patients, a senior MP has warned.

Health Committee chairman Dr Sarah Wollaston MP told ITV News that both sides need to enter talks with an open mind instead of "brandishing" their red lines.

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