The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is vigorously trying to change the power structure in the country, aiming to seize full and undisputed monopoly of power.
To achieve this, informed sources claimed Erdogan seeks to entirely cancel the position of Prime Minister, and eventually, his former best friend and assistant, Ahmet Davutoglu.
The sources reported a series of meetings held recently at the Presidential Palace on how to depose Davutoglu, who has been directly asked to voluntarily leave the office. At least two of Davutoglu’s top aids attended the meetings.
The push against the veteran diplomat has been associated with an aggressive campaign in various pro-Erdogan media outlets.
According to the Turkish constitution, the President has a largely ceremonial role while extensive executive power is exercised by the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. However, a notable shift has been made ever since Erdogan ascended to presidency in August 2014.
Opponents accuse Erdogan of aiding Islamists across the Arab World to seize power, arming and financing the extremist groups fighting President Bashar Assad in Syria, and subsequently reviving the fantasies of Ottoman Empire.