Ex-Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu leaves Erdogan’s party

epa05290500 Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrives for a press conference following the central executive committee of the ruling party Justice and Development party (AKP) in Ankara, Turkey, 05 May 2016. Davutoglu announced his resignation on the same day. EPA/STR

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Turkish former-Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has resigned from the ruling AKP party, saying he will start a “new political movement.”

On announcing his resignation, Davutoglu said the party had moved away from its “founding values.”

Davutoglu, who was prime minister and AKP chair between 2014 and 2016, said it was a “historical responsibility” to build a “new political movement and embark on a new path.”

He said he was no longer possible to work under the current “clique” that controls the party, which he said called any criticism from within the ranks “treason.”

His resignation seems to have pre-empted an appearance before a disciplinary board for his expulsion from the party.

Via DW

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