Breakaway parties of Babacan, Davutoğlu to launch before 2020

Ahmet Davutoğlu, former prime minister of Turkey and a once-close ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is making final touches to his new party and will launch officially before 2020, Reuters reported on Friday.

Davutoğlu had resigned from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in September and later announced plans to establish his new party.

The party is expected to file its application to the interior ministry to be officially established, Reuters quoted a source close to the former prime minister as saying. 

“It will not be delayed into 2020,” the source told Reuters. The party will have its headquarters in the capital Ankara, with a centre in Turkey’s financial and cultural hub Istanbul.

Davutoğlu had said that the AKP was no longer able to solve Turkey’s problems, or would allow for internal debate. The former AKP heavyweight had also criticised the AKP for restricting rights and freedoms.

Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan, a founding member of the AKP and former minister in AKP governments who resigned from the party in July, is also expecting to complete efforts for his new party before the year ends.

Babacan said in a televised interview that the AKP had led Turkey to a dark tunnel, and had abandoned its founding principles of the rule of law, democracy and respect to human rights.

The two new parties won’t be joining forces, as a source close to Davutoğlu told Reuters.

Babacan said during the interview that Davutoğlu had offered a merging of the two efforts, but their differing methodologies in forming their movements would not allow for it.

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