On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) unanimously agreed to send its former leader and prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, together with three other AKP lawmakers, to a disciplinary board with the intention to dismiss them.
AKP’s Central Executive Committee, chaired by Erdogan, has decided, after a four-hour meeting, to send former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Head of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission Ayhan Sefer Ustun, Istanbul lawmaker Abdullah Basci, and former Deputy Chairman Selcuk Ozdag to the disciplinary council, which is expected to rubber-stamp the decision over the next few days.
The AKP made this move amid talks of a possible new breakaway movement initiated by Davutoglu and his fellows.
In 2016, after a fallout with Erdogan, Davutoglu was removed from his post and replaced by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
Early in April, Davutoglu criticized the AKP’s policies, the government economic management, and Erdogan himself following AKP’s defeat in the mayoral elections that were held in March this year.
In August, Davutoglu also slammed the decision to replace three newly-elected pro-Kurdish mayors from the opposition’s Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), with AKP-appointed trustees in Turkey’s southeastern provinces, over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which is classified a terrorist organization by Ankara.
AKP’s former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan resigned from the party in July, citing “deep differences” and hinting at the formation of a new party that, allegedly, will include former President Abdullah Gul but not Davutoglu.