What Happened: Ahmet Davutoglu, a former Turkish prime and foreign minister, has announced his resignation from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Bloomberg reported Sept. 13.
Why It Matters: Davutoglu is among the founding members of the AKP and his resignation increases the chances that other prominent officials, including current members of parliament, might follow suit and withdraw themselves from the party to form a new movement.
Background: Davutoglu broke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over presidential politics in 2016, resigned from his prime minister post later in the year and became an outspoken critic of Erdogan.
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