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    Resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is the country’s internal issue, US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner told Sputnik on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Davutoglu confirmed that he would not be running for the chairmanship of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at the upcoming May 22 convention.

    “We’ve seen the reports that Prime Minster Davutoglu is stepping down as AKP party chairman and that there will be an extraordinary congress on May 22 to select new party leadership,” Toner said. “This is an internal political matter for Turkey.”

    Davutoglu called his decision not to run for the chairmanship of the ruling AKP party at the upcoming convention a "necessity."

    The Turkish prime minister added that he would be loyal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and would not criticize his fellow party members.

    Davutoglu was appointed as the country's prime minister in 2014. Relations between the president and the prime minister deteriorated over a number of issues, including Erdogan's plans to claw back more power from the parliament by switching to a presidential system and the two leaders divergent stance on freedom of speech in the country.

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