September 11, 2015 / 1:15 PM / in 3 years

Turkish PM to stand unopposed to remain leader of ruling party: spokesman

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will stand unopposed for the re-election to the leadership of the ruling AKP when the party holds its congress on Saturday, party spokesman Besir Atalay said on Friday.

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses the audience during a conference in Ankara, Turkey, September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Davutoglu was hand-picked to take over as AKP head when Tayyip Erdogan ascended to the presidency last year. He has endured a torrid time however, overseeing the party’s loss of its majority in June general elections, and failing to negotiate a subsequent coalition.

Reporting by Ercan Gurses, writing by Jonny Hogg, editing by Ece Toksabay

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