Turkey analyst: Erdogan 'seeks control' via Davutoglu appointment

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Turkey analyst: Erdogan 'seeks control' via Davutoglu appointment

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is to be the country’s next prime minister – and many see the appointment as a sign that the man he replaces will be pulling the strings.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey’s first direct presidential election earlier this month.

The ruling AK Party is expected to confirm Davutoglu as its leader next week, which means he will also become Turkey’s new premier.

“He (Davutolgu) 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 favour of Tayyip Erdogan, now the president of Turkey,” said analyst Andrew Finkel, founding Vice-President of Punto 24 Independent Journalist Platform.

“Mr Erdogan is not someone who will leave that practical party management to somebody else. He still intends to control the situation. Now whether this will lead to tension with his chosen Prime Minister Mr Davutoglu, that remains to be seen. Mr Davutoglu will know that he owes his position to Mr Erdogan, it will be hard for him to go against him, but of course there will be tensions within the party.”

Erdogan has made no secret of his desire to change the constitution and bolster the president’s powers, which critics fear will bring even more authoritarian rule.

He also said the new PM shared his determination to battle what Erdogan calls the “parallel state”, a reference to opponents he accuses of infiltrating institutions.