On Monday, a day after being elected the new chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Binali Yıldırım presided over the first Central Decision and Executive Board (MKYK) meeting in Ankara. Speaking to the press ahead of the meeting, Yıldırım said he is working quickly to form the new Cabinet that will then be forwarded to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for approval. The AK Party held an emergency convention on Sunday where Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Yıldırım was elected as the new chairman after receiving support from 1,405 party delegates. Erdoğan gave Yıldırım the mandate to form a new government as prime minister following the resignation of Ahmet Davutoğlu, the presidency said.Erdoğan handed Yıldırım the mandate in a meeting at the Presidential Palace hours after Davutoğlu tendered his resignation.
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