Davutoglu is believed to have fallen from favour because he
disapproved of Mr Erdogan's plans to move Turkey to a presidential
system of government.
in a speech, Mr Davutoglu pledged his loyalty to President Erdogan,
saying he bore no anger against anyone.
successor will be chosen when the congress meets on 22 May.
on Thursday, presidential aide Cemil Ertem said there would be no
snap elections following the appointment of a new leader.
also told Turkish TV that the country and its economy would stabilise
further "when a prime minister more closely aligned with
President Erdogan takes office".
end: Analysis by Mark Lowen, Turkey correspondent
the end came, it was swift and brutal. Ahmet Davutoglu bowed out
after crossing the man with the real power: President Recep Tayyip
Davutoglu was expected to be a pliant prime minister but disagreed
with some of Mr Erdogan's more controversial policies and crucially
wavered in his support to change the constitution to boost the
resignation means Mr Erdogan tightens his control of Turkey and is
likely to install a more obedient prime minister. It will worry many
Western leaders who find the divisive Mr Erdogan difficult to handle.
it plunges this crucial country into a political crisis amid security
threats and rows over the clampdown on human rights and free speech.
The message from President Erdogan to Mr Davutoglu's successor is
clear: follow my lead or you'll face the same fate.
govt shuts down Zaman newspaper following seizure
Turkish government is shutting down Zaman newspaper, previously a
strong critic of President Erdogan, which it seized control of in
March. A number of other media outlets are also being closed by
Ankara, according to CNN Turk.
was taken over by Ankara in early March. Following the seizure, the
government immediately appointed new trustees for Feza Media Group,
which owned the paper.
also raided the
newspaper's offices to enforce a Turkish court order stating that the
media outlet must be brought under government authority. The
newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Abdulhamit Bilici, was fired soon
the state took over, the newspaper soon turned into a government
mouthpiece. The first edition under the new ownership featured the
image of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
slammed the government for the move, with Zaman supporters taking to
the streets of Istanbul in protest. Police deployed tear gas, water
cannon, and rubber bullets on the demonstrators.
with Zaman, a number of other Feza Media Group outlets will be shut
down, including Cihan News Agency. Küre.tv will also be closed.
has been fiercely criticized for his crackdown on press freedom in
recent months, including the pre-trial detention of
two journalists who published a report which purportedly showed
intelligence officials transporting arms to Syria.
late April, Turkey barred foreign
journalists from entering the country, without providing any
explanation for the move.
of the shutdown of the media publications comes as Turkish Prime
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu effectively resigned following
a rift with Erdogan, whose leadership has become increasingly