Transport Minister Binali Yildirim will be the sole candidate for the AK Party leadership at a special party congress on Sunday.
The forced resignation of Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu suggests only one thing -- President Erdogan, who is totally absorbed by his lust for power, will tolerate no one in his government to deviate from any of his political positions.
As Turkey slouches toward dictatorship, purging enemies and former allies, Recep Tayip Erdogan has a cheering section, in the form of the AKP, the ruling party in Turkey.
Erdogan's mastery of Turkish politics has never been in question, but whether Davutoglu's resignation will hurt or help him in his quest for a presidential system in Turkey will ultimately depend on how this next chapter plays out.
With the departure of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is one step closer to ultimate power.
The two leaders had been locked in a bitter feud.
Ankara has agreed to take back all undocumented migrants who crossed to Greece, including Syrian refugees.
Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters Monday that "no Turkish prime minister or president will apologize ... because of doing our duty."
Moscow denies the claim.
Turkey's government would have you believe that Kurdish terrorists killed more than 100 Kurdish party faithful at a peace rally. It's clear the Erdogan regime thinks the world is pretty stupid to believe that. Amazingly, Western leaders are buying it.
ISTANBUL -- To grasp Erdoğan's seemingly contradictory stance towards Putin requires some knowledge of the system of crony capitalism which has sprung up and flourished -- particularly in the energy and construction sectors -- in both Turkey and Russia. Aware that Turkey will emerge the loser in any confrontation with Russia, Erdoğan and the AKP have pragmatically accepted Russia's geopolitical superiority, while seeking to reap the maximum financial gain in the process.
Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault on Syrian insurgents.
ISTANBUL -- We could be witnessing the beginning of the end for Erdoğan and his circle. He evidently hopes that if fighting with the PKK resumes, the resulting chaos will turn the tide in his favor in the Nov. 1 elections. But this desperate strategy is fraught with peril.