A lack of official confirmation, it seems that the current Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, will be named in the coming days the new prime minister and head of a government that will follow the line marked by the newly elected president of the Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The name has been sounding Davutoglu to replace the Prime Minister Erdogan still time, and Tuesday was the outgoing president, Abdullah Gul, who also said the head of diplomacy. ” Apparently, our Foreign Minister Ahmet [ Davutoglu ] will assume the position of [ Prime Minister]. As you know, it was I who introduced him to the politics and life of the State, and it was I who appointed him ambassador, “said Gul on Tuesday night to the press at an official reception which was his farewell.
It had been speculated that Gul himself aspired to leadership of government, he occupied briefly in 2002, but now would have waited until the general elections in June 2015 and is not currently deputy. In Gul, Erdogan would have found a moderate personality opposite to yours and a rival within the Party for Justice and Development (AKP in Turkish, conservative and Islamist), the pair founded.
Before assuming the presidency next 28, the law requires Erdogan to leave the leadership of government and also its membership AKP, of which he is president. And it is expected that tomorrow the Central Executive Committee named Davutoglu as a candidate for party leader, which in practice would mean that it would be reappointed and also the prime minister at the extraordinary congress of AKP next day 27. call for this day has also been interpreted as a message to Gul, who is not eligible to lead the party that will still be holding the office of President.
Davutoglu is currently very close to Erdogan. The current foreign minister, in office since 2009, holds a PhD in International Relations and former university professor. In politics he has grown in the shade of Gul and Erdogan, so, unlike them, do not have their own electorate.
“As long as the election of Prime Minister Erdogan, [ Davutoglu ] will probably remain close to Erdogan, but then it becomes a mere puppet of his, I do not know,” says Sahin Alpay, Doctor of Political Science and professor at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul.
In Turkey, the President of the Republic is a post considered impartial and nonpartisan. However, Erdogan, prime minister since 2003 and the undisputed leader of the AKP, has insisted that his presidency will be active and interventionist in the line marked by his years as chief executive and his party.
In fact, two of the nearest future president names also shuffled as probable ministers: Hakan Fidan, the current director of the intelligence services and you might just be the new foreign minister, and Yalcin Akdogan, the principal adviser Erdogan.
Where no change is expected in key positions on economic issues, the holder of the Portfolio, Mehmet Simsek, and Deputy Prime Minister responsible for economy Ali Babacan, maintaining their positions. Both names, particularly Babacan, are respected inside and outside of Turkey and are considered responsible for the growth and stability of the Turkish economy in recent years.
Towards a presidential Republic The new president and Erdogan would continue to lead both the Cabinet and his party in the face of transcendent general elections scheduled for June 2015 The AKP aims to achieve a sufficient majority to amend the Constitution and, among other changes, formally granting executive powers to the figure of the president.
“I think Davutoglu will probably agree with this idea, but maybe it’s so loyal [ Erdogan ] as perhaps might have been other ” analyzes Alpay. “In fact, I hope [ Davutoglu ] do not just be a puppet, but have their own personality and show responsibility in government. But we have to wait and see what happens. “
Davutoglu ‘s appointment is not without risks. The Foreign Minister is still together with Erdogan, responsible for the policies that have led Turkey to bad relations with several countries in the region such as Egypt, Syria and Iraq. And this despite the fact that initially Davutoglu had labeled his foreign policy as “zero problems with neighbors “.