09:35 GMT05 December 2020
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    Oya Akgönenç Muğisuddin former member of the Turkish Parliament and Advisor to the Chairman of the Saadat Party spoke to Sputnik, regarding the decision of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to step down from the post as Prime Minister and leader of the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP).

    “This was not a surprise for me. For a long time there were some differences between President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu. Obviously, such a situation could not last for long. We were waiting for this, but we were not sure when and in what form this will happen.”

    Talking about what the real reason behind resignation of the Turkish PM is, the former advisor said that Turkey is struggling with many problems at the moment, most notably, the Syrian refugee crisis.

    “Europe does not know what to do with 15-20,000 refugees; we on the other hand have 3 million of them. This puts considerable pressure on our economy. We have already spent more than 10 billion dollars.”

    Muğisuddin also mentioned the prevailing issues on the Syrian border. There are various terrorist groups operating there with domestic unrest and violence as well.

    “The main responsibility for occurrence of these problems lies with the Prime Minister, as head of the government. It is difficult to determine which of these played a crucial role in his decision to resign. All of these problems are very complex, and each of them, in my opinion, played a role.”

    Talking about the most likely candidate to replace the prime minister, the advisor said that there are five candidates that all look like they are suitable for the role. “But upon closer examination Binali Yildirim, in my opinion, looks the most likely successor of Davutoglu.”

    Regarding the role of Davutoglu in Turkish foreign policy, the advisor said that the prime minister had a very big role to play. His foremost impact was on foreign policy.

    “It is obvious that the person, who will come instead of Davutoglu, will adhere to somewhat different views and approaches on certain issues. Some questions and directions will occupy more important place, some, on the contrary, will lose their significance.”

    “During Davutoglu his concepts and views played a decisive role. Now, it seems to me, collective thinking will dominate. In Russia, I am sure of it, absolutely everyone is interested in restoring old good relations.”


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