September 11, 2015 / 1:15 PM / 2 years ago

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.

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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