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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's decision to resign following disagreements with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will heighten political polarization inside Turkey, the Atlantic Council's Aaron Stein said.Davutoglu, who served as Erdogan's foreign minister and became prime minister in 2014 after Erdogan assumed the presidency, said on May 5 that he would step down after an extraordinary meeting of the AK Party on May 22 . Davutoglu's departure clears the way for Erdogan to appoint a more pliable prime minister.However, Erdogan – who would like to amend the constitution to vest more powers in the presidency – has been widely viewed as the pre-eminent power.Erdogan has been firmly in control since 2003 – first as prime minister, and since 2014 as president.Stein described Davutoglu as the architect of Turkey's foreign policy, but said it has been Erdogan who has called the shots all along.
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