Erdogan may rejoin AKP in May

Erdogan may rejoin AKP in May

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may rejoin the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) after the announcement of the official results of the referendum on constitutional changes, Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said.

"The president now does not have to suspend relations with his party. After the Supreme Electoral Council announces the final results of the referendum, the president will apply for the party’s membership," Kalin told journalists.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told Bloomberg in an interview that he will discuss an overhaul of the cabinet with Erdogan in coming months.

"It wouldn’t be right for me to speak about names, about who’ll come and who’ll go. From time to time, injecting fresh blood in the cabinet is a necessity of democracy," he stressed.

Erdogan is a founder of the AKP but had to leave it in 2014 as he was elected the country’s president. Erdogan’s return to the governing party was enabled by a clause in the April 16 package that revokes the constitutional requirement of impartiality for the head of state.