Turkey’s President Says Davutoglu May Succeed Erdogan as Premier

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will become the next premier “as far as it seems,” the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

“I am the one who introduced him to politics and the state,” Gul, whose term expires Aug. 28, said during a farewell reception yesterday. The ruling AK Party decides tomorrow on who will succeed President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan as chairman and prime minister.

A member of the party’s central decision board told Bloomberg News this month on condition of anonymity that the country’s top diplomat could be tapped for the job. While Gul founded the AK Party with Erdogan, as president he is not part of the group’s decision-making process.

The AK Party has said Gul is ineligible to become prime minister because he is not a lawmaker and the party needs a strong chairman to steer it through parliamentary elections in 2015. Erdogan won the nation’s first direct presidential election on Aug. 10.

Gul said yesterday he plans to use his experience “to support the party that I’ve founded to make it successful,” Anadolu reported.

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