Erdogan returns to Justice and Development Party
Erdogan returns to AK Party (Photo: AA)
Date: 2017-05-02 14:27
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived at the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) headquarter in Ankara to rejoin the party after 33 months, following the constitutional reform referendum which enables him to be affiliated with a political party.
Erdogan signed a membership form, confirming his re-admittance to the party which he left when he was directly elected Turkey’s president in 2014, Mustafa Atas, AK Party vice chairman, announced.
In his speech at the ceremony, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Erdogan would be nominated chairman of AK Party during an extraordinary congress that would be held on May 21.
Starting in 2001, Erdogan led the AK Party for 13 years but had to step aside when he became president in August 2014. An April 16 referendum changed the constitution to allow the president to be a member of a political party.