Turkey’s Davutoglu Under Fire For Failed Mideast Policies

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York, September 28, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

By: Tulin Daloglu. Posted on Thu, Nov 29.
ANKARA — Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chief opposition-party leader, has called for the resignation of Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister and a member of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), over the country’s failed Middle East policies. At the weekly meeting of his own party (the Republican People’s Party) on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Turkish parliament, Kilicdaroglu called on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “dismiss him from his duty; bring any [AKP] deputy in his place. You will see that he will do a better job than Davutoglu.”

Here in Ankara, it is not only the opposition party that is critical of Davutoglu. There are also dissident voices within the AKP, a party that was initially formed as a sort of a social coalition to tamp down the fears regarding the Islamist background of its founding members. Not all are in alignment with the Erdogan-Davutoglu team, but none want to break with party discipline at this time and show disloyalty to the prime minister.

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