3 former ministers in Turkey have resigned from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), deepening the party's crisis, which has seen widespread splits indicating the party is heading towards decay.
The ministers who resigned from the party are former ministers of justice, interior, industry and foreign trade in the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sadullah Ergin, Beşir Atalay and Nihat Ergün.
The resigned ministers are expected to hold positions in a party to be established by former deputy prime minister, former Economy and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, who resigned from the AKP in July.
This comes as news reports in the Turkish media, recently, about the establishment of former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as the headquarters of a new party in the Turkish capital Ankara.
In a press conference Davutoglu said, "If the terror related cases are investigated, many people will not be able to go out to face the public. Those who criticize us now cannot go into the public. I am telling you this frankly. Do you know why? When Turkish history is written in the future, the period between June 7 and November 1 will be one of the most critical times."
The June 7, 2015 parliamentary elections were historic for Turkey. Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), led by then prime minister Davutoğlu, lost the majority in the polls, while the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) passed the electoral threshold, winning 80 seats in parliament.