2nd Justice and Development Party Extraordinary Congress

The 2nd Justice and Development Party Extraordinary Congress was a party convention of the ruling Justice and Development Party of Turkey held on 22 May 2016. The congress, announced on 4 May 2016, had been long speculated by politicians and political commentators who had observed a severe deterioration in relations between Prime Minister and incumbent AKP leader Ahmet Davutoğlu and the AKP's founder and former leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.[1] Davutoğlu announced that he would not stand for re-election as party leader.

Justice and Development Party leadership election, 2016

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Registered1,470 delegates
  Binali Yıldırım.jpg
Candidate Binali Yıldırım
Party AK Party
Constituency İzmir (I)
Delegate vote 1,405
Percentage 100.0%

Leader before election

Ahmet Davutoğlu
AK Party

Elected Leader

Binali Yıldırım
AK Party

Transport and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım was the sole candidate for the party leadership, announced by the AKP Central Executive Committee (MKYK) on 19 May 2016.[2] Yıldırım had been collecting signatures to launch a leadership bid in time for the last Ordinary Congress of 2015, ceasing only when Davutoğlu and Erdoğan agreed on a joint list of Central Executive Decision Board candidates days before the congress took place. He was elected with 1,405 votes.[3]

Potential candidatesEdit

Pro-Erdoğan candidatesEdit

Media reports have indicated that the frontrunner would be handpicked by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Ten potential candidates have been identified by political commentators.[4][5][6][7]

By 16 May, Binali Yıldırım emerged as the frontrunner after a secret poll amongst AKP MPs allegedly placed him well ahead in terms of preference than the other candidates.[8] It was alleged that the AKP headquarters sent memos to the provincial and district associations of the party announcing that Yıldırım would be the next leader.[9]

Erdoğan-critical candidatesEdit

It has been reported that if the inner-party opposition that is critical to Erdoğan's dominance is unhappy with the emerging candidate, they would field their own candidate. Their most likely candidate is expected to be Ali Babacan, who is internationally recognised for his economic policies while serving as a government minister.[10]


Candidate Votes Percentage
Binali Yıldırım 1,405 100.0
Invalid/blank votes
1,411 100.0
Number of delegates/turnout
1,470 96.0
Source: Haberler.com


  1. ^ http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/siyaset/527169/Saray_daki_gorusmeden_AKP_de_olaganustu_kongre_karari_cikti.html
  2. ^ "Erdoğan'ın 22 yıllık mesai arkadaşı: Binali Yıldırım".
  3. ^ http://www.ensonhaber.com/binali-yildirim-resmen-genel-baskan-secildi-2016-05-22.html
  4. ^ http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/siyaset/527169/_4_Mayis_Saray_darbesi.html
  5. ^ http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/siyaset/527782/Davutoglu_nun_yerine_dort_aday.html
  6. ^ http://www.noktabursa.com/son-dakika-basbakan-faruk-celik-mi/1586/
  7. ^ http://www.milliyet.com.tr/kulislerde-basbakanlik-icin-adi/siyaset/detay/2241454/default.htm
  8. ^ http://www.turkiyegazetesi.com.tr/gundem/369889.aspx
  9. ^ http://odatv.com/iste-akpnin-yeni-genel-baskani-1605161200.html
  10. ^ http://www.sozcu.com.tr/2016/gundem/akpde-bomba-kulis-muhalifler-aday-cikarabilir-1218351/