Turkey's Erdogan chooses foreign minister as next PM
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 01:33
Turkey's President Elect says Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been nominated as next leader of the AK Party and Prime Minister. Gavino Garay reports.
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Turkish President Elect Tayyip Erdogan has named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as the next minister of Turkey.
While his decision has yet to be endorsed in a party vote on August 27, it's unlikely to be opposed.
Mixed reactions on the streets of Istanbul over the selection of Davutoglu as their next prime minister.
(SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) ISTANBUL RESIDENT, BARIS KAL, SAYING:
"I hope the best will happen, this was a decision we all expected. When we look at it from a political view, I don't think he will have much of an impact on the period. The same structures will continue."
(SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) ISTANBUL RESIDENT, NIYAZI YUKSEL, SAYING:
"He is determined, I like that about him. He may not bring good, but at least he is determined."
Andrew Finkel, the Founding Vice President of Punto 24 Independent Journalist Platform, weighs in on Erdogan's decision to choose Davutoglu.
SOUNDBITE) (English) FOUNDING VICE PRESIDENT OF PUNTO 24 INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST PLATFORM, ANDREW FINKEL, SAYING:
"Well I think possibly the reason that he has been selected as Prime Minister is that he doesn't really have a strong popular base. He is a man who has certain rhetorical skills, believes himself to be popular in the country, has a certain following and yet he owns his entire political existence to the grace and favor of Tayyip Erdogan, now the president of Turkey. "
Erdogan's presidential election win made history after he became the country's first head of state from a direct ballot vote.
But opponents say his election - and motivation to change the constitution - will lead to a more authoritarian state.
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