Turkey con­firms new premier

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Turkey’s rul­ing party held a spe­cial con­ven­tion yes­ter­day to con­firm a long-time ally of Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan as its new chair­man and next prime min­is­ter. Bi­nali Yildirim (pic­tured), the trans­port and com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter and a found­ing mem­ber of the gov­ern­ing Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party, is set to re­place Prime Min­is­ter Ah­met Davu­to­glu, who an­nounced ear­lier this month that he is step­ping down amid dif­fer­ences with Er­do­gan. Yildirim, 60, who is run­ning un­op­posed for the party’s lead­er­ship, 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. Tra­di­tion­ally, the post of premier in Turkey goes to the leader of the largest party in par­lia­ment and Er­do­gan is ex­pected to for­mally ask Yildirim to form a new gov­ern­ment af­ter the con­ven­tion. Sup­port­ers credit Yildirim for his role in de­vel­op­ing ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects that have helped buoy Turkey’s econ­omy. But crit­ics, in­clud­ing the leader of the main op­po­si­tion party, have ac­cused him of cor­rup­tion. Yildirim has re­jected the ac­cu­sa­tion. Davu­to­glu fell out with the pres­i­dent over an ar­ray of is­sues.

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