Turkey's new government and prime minister will take office on Sept. 1, said Deputy Prime Minister and Government Spokesman Bülent Arınç in a press briefing Monday following the last cabinet meeting chaired by outgoing Prime Minister and President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will become prime minister after Erdoğan is sworn in as the 12th president of the Republic of Turkey on Aug. 28, Arınç said. Arınç suggested that at least a part of the cabinet would remain the same, adding that "a full resignation of the cabinet is out of the question."
Davutoğlu will be the sole contender for the chairmanship of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party at an extraordinary congress on Aug. 27, and will be designated as the prime minister - if elected party chairman - on Aug. 29 by the new president. The AK Party's Central Executive Board had unanimously nominated Davutoğlu as its candidate for the top role on Aug. 21.
In 2012, he was listed by Time magazine among the most influential people of the year. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described Davutoğlu in her memoir "Hard Choices" as "a person who brought passion and wisdom to his post." Davutoğlu speaks English, German and Arabic, and is the author of several books and numerous articles on foreign policy, international relations, political science and history.
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