Ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) delegates will gather in Ankara on Sunday for an emergency convention where Binali Yıldırım, the transportation minister with a long track record of success in realizing megaprojects, is the sole candidate to replace Ahmet Davutoğlu as party chairman and prime minister. Yıldırım, whose term as transportation minister is the longest in Turkey's history and has witnessed nearly TL 255 billion ($85.57 billion) in investments, is also welcomed by Turkey's business community.
Business community representatives say a prime minister that takes decisive action will bring great opportunities for them, suggesting that Yıldırım will lend impetus to the economy.Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MÜSİAD) Chairman Nail Olpak said he believes Yıldırım will continue to make significant contributions to the country with his extensive experience and broad vision. "As the business community in Turkey, we will continue to work with our government to build our future," he added.
A written statement from the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TİM) said the assembly welcomes Yıldırım's candidacy for the AK Party chairmanship and prime minister. "We believe this is a major step toward the achievement of our 2023 objectives in terms of harmony and stability. We highly appreciate Yıldırım for his efforts and success in spurring infrastructure investments and development projects. We wholeheartedly believe the new Cabinet to be formed under Yıldırım's tenure will endeavor to conduct more investments, production and exports in the upcoming years in line with our 2023 goals," it said.