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Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu resigns

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has resigned amid reported rifts with President, learnt from Washington Post.

According to Washington Post report, Turkey’s prime minister appeared ready Thursday to bow out of elections later this month, paving the way for President Recep Tayyip Erodgan to consolidate power amid complaints from opponents over his increasingly hard-line policies.

This move by Prime Minister may pave way for Erodgan to move Turkey toward a presidential system and reduce the powers of parliament — further cementing his authority and likely stirring more outrage from rights groups and others critics.

The president has taken an increasingly hard-line against perceived opponents, prosecuting journalists and others for “insulting” him.

Davutoglu is said to have been less enthusiastic about the push toward a stronger executive, further putting him at odds with Erdogan.