Erdoğan to return AKP as its leader at May 21 party convention

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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves the stage after delivering a speech at the conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, on April 16, 2017, after the results of a nationwide referendum that will determine Turkey's future destiny. Erdogan on April 16, 2017 hailed Turkey for making a "historic decision" as he claimed victory in the referendum on a new constitution expanding his powers. The "Yes" campaign to give Turkish President expanded powers won with 51.3 percent of the vote a tightly-contested referendum although the "No" camp had closed the gap, according to initial results. But Turkey's two main opposition parties said they would challenge the results. / AFP PHOTO / Bulent Kilic

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is likely to return to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) as its chairman after he is elected at an extraordinary convention on May 21 in line with constitutional amendments approved in an April 16 referendum.

According to the Hürriyet Daily News, the decision to stage the extraordinary convention will be taken by the AKP’s Central Decision and Administration Board (MKYK) next week.

Erdoğan signaled his return to the AKP as its leader during a meeting with children to mark April 23, National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, at the presidential palace on Sunday.

These amendments now give me that right,” he said when a fourth grade student, Yiğit Türk, who symbolically replaced Erdoğan as president for the occasion, directed a question to him.

Turkey approved a constitutional package in a referendum on April 16 with 51.4 percent of the vote allowing Erdoğan to retain his links with the AKP and switching the country to an executive presidency.

Erdoğan is expected to apply to be registered with the party after the results of the referendum are officially announced

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