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Binali Yildirim the new leader of ruling party in Turkey

Binali Yildirim is the new leader of the ruling AK Party in Turkey. Credit: Reuters

The Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yildirim has been confirmed as the country's new prime minister, after his predecessor Ahmet Davutoglu decided to step down following an increasingly public rift with President Tayyip Erdogan.

Yildirim, 60, was the sole candidate at the extraordinary party congress, and won all of the votes from the 1,405 delegates to become the leader of the ruling AK Party.

Yildirim's election allows President Erdogan to cement his grip on government as he seeks greater powers.


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.


Ten injured in Turkey bomb attack

Sources said Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants are suspected to have been behind the attack. Credit: Google Maps

Ten gendarmes have been injured in a bomb attack in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeastern town of Dicle, security sources have said.

According to Reuters sources said Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants are suspected to have been behind the attack.

It comes just hours after two police officers were killed, and 23 people injured, in a car bomb attack at a police headquarters in Turkey's southeastern city of Gaziantep.

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