Political rivalry between Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and President Erdogan has culminated in the resignation of Davutoglu, prompting fears that Erdogan will be able to grab even more power.
Prime Minister Davutoglu resigned from his role on Thursday amid reports of growing tensions with Turkey's president, however he told a press conference that he bore "no grudges" as his party leadership came to an end, Reuters reported.
Announcing his resignation, Davutoglu said he would "never utter a word against President Erdogan," whose friendship he had valued above all, Reuters said.
However, the resignation comes after what analysts called a "barrage of criticism" of Davutoglu in pro-government media and expectations were high that Erdogan was about to replace him as both prime minister and chairman of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party.
The writing was on the wall for Davutoglu as, after he and Erdogan met on Wednesday evening, party officials said that the prime minister was expected to step aside from both his public roles at an extraordinary congress reported to be held on May 22.
Davutoglu called for party unity ahead of the congress and said the party would form a new government after the convention.
News agency AFP reported earlier on Thursday that Davutoglu will not seek a new mandate at the forthcoming congress and the outgoing prime minister confirmed that during the press conference.
Sealing Davutoglu's fate earlier today, one of Erdogan's presidential advisors said on Thursday morning that Turkey was not expected to hold a snap election after the AK party elected a new leader and would continue "securely" until the current government's mandate expires in 2019, Reuters reported.