By Kamran Bokhari
Summary There is a great deal of discussion on the rift between Turkey’s president and prime minister. Most of it tends to focus on domestic Turkish politics and inflate the significance of this rift. Elites in all countries quarrel with each other and quite vigorously. Which of the two has more power is nowhere near as important as how Turkey will manage the various crises it faces internally and externally.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is due to step down at an extraordinary congress of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) later this month. Reports of his departure come after a May 4 meeting between Davutoğlu and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan failed to mend growing differences between the two men. Turkish and international media have been abuzz with reports about an escalating power struggle since the 50-member Central Decision and Executive Board of AKP on April 29 voted to take away Davutoğlu’s authority to appoint local and p