Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan (L) chats with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during a Republic Day ceremony at Anitkabir, the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder Ataturk, in Ankara, Turkey, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Long-denied tensions between Turkey's president and prime minister are beginning to surface publicly, leading to speculation from political observers that the country's powerful leader may be considering replacing the premier with a figure more willing to take a backseat role.Davutoglu was largely expected to play second fiddle as Erdogan pushed ahead with plans to make the largely ceremonial presidency into an all-powerful position.Davutoglu, an independent-minded former professor, adviser to Erdogan and foreign minister, is struggling to be his own man.Erdogan took issue with Davutoglu after he spoke of the possibility of resuming peace talks with the PKK if it withdraws its armed fighters from Turkish territory.Erdogan spurned Davutoglu and even suggested that anyone deemed to be supportive of extremists should be stripped of their citizenship.Journalist and political commentator Mustafa Akyol said Davutoglu was likely to step down and be replaced with a figure "100 percent loyal to Erdogan".An anonymous blog -- believed to have been authored by Erdogan aides or pro-Erdogan journalists -- aired the presidential camp's alleged grievances with Davutoglu, including not advocating the presidential system strongly enough or defending Erdogan against opposition parties' allegations of corruption against the president.
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