AK Party extraordinary congress to bring critical changes to Cabinet, administration
by Merve Aydoğan
ANKARAMay 09, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Merve Aydoğan
May 09, 2016 12:00 am
Now that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) announced last week that it will hold an extraordinary congress on May 22 after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced he is stepping down from his post, political circles have indicated there will be significant changes to the Cabinet. The Cabinet reshuffle is expected to take place following additional changes set to be made to the party's Central Decision and Executive Board (MKYK) and the Central Executive Board (MYK). Along with changes to the MYK, MKYK and Cabinet, the upcoming term will directly address the matters of executive power and the president's authorities in the Constitution.
According to an official announcement, the AK Party will elect a new chairman to become prime minister and new MYK members, and other governing bodies of the party will also be reshuffled. The announcement said that the MYKY, which has 50 members, and all the members of the MYK, Intra-Party Democracy Board and Political Virtue and Ethics Committee, will also be reshuffled at the congress.
Furthermore, Cabinet meetings, which are currently held every two months at the Presidential Palace, are set to change. Following the extraordinary assembly, they will be held every month at the Presidential Palace, with efforts to shape the main strategy regarding state administration. Under the new changes, the weekly or biweekly Cabinet meeting will be held at the Prime Ministry's Çankaya Palace to assess developments.
Along with the changes to Cabinet meetings and the party administration, the authorities of the president, which are going to be flexed during the upcoming term, will stress: "The President is the head of the state as he represents the Republic of Turkey and Turkish citizens' unity, supervising the application of the Constitution and orderliness and coordination of government organizations."