Turkish ruling party confirms Erdogan ally as new chairman

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s ruling party has formally appointed a trusted ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its new chairman, setting the stage for his appointment as the next prime minister.

Delegates of the governing Justice and Development Party on Sunday voted to endorse Transport and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim at its chairman in an extraordinary party congress.

Yildirim, who stood unopposed, replaces Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who is stepping down amid differences with Erdogan.

Yildirim, 60, is widely expected to be more in tune with Erdogan, who is pushing for an overhaul of the constitution that would give the largely ceremonial presidency executive powers.

Erdogan is expected to formally ask Yildirim to form a new government after the convention.

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