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Turkey: Erdogan-Davutoglu Tensions Flare Over Policy Disagreements

Tensions between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu erupted publicly this week as Bulent Arinc, Davutoglu’s spokesman and the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) most senior leader, and Melih Gokcek, the veteran mayor of Ankara and a staunch Erdogan supporter, lashed out at each other in a series of press statements. Their clash began after Arinc complained about Erdogan’s purportedly excessive involvement in government policy, causing Gokcek to call for Arinc’s resignation. Arinc in turn responded by threatening to expose files alleging the mayor’s complicity in corruption.

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