Baku, Azerbaijan, May 5
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
An extraordinary congress of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will be held May 22, the Yeni Safak newspaper reported May 5.
Earlier, Burhan Kuzu, head of the Turkish parliament's Constitutional Commission, said that the extraordinary congress of the ruling party to elect the new chairman will be held in the next two weeks.
It was earlier reported that a congress will be held in mid-May and the ruling party's current chairman, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will not run for that position again.
The decision to hold the extraordinary congress was made at a meeting between Erdogan and Davutoglu on May 4.
Candidates for the chairman position at the Justice and Development Party were named May 5.
The Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Binali Yildirim, Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdag, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, and the ruling party's vice chairman Mehmet Ali Sahin are among the candidates.
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