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Reports: Turkish PM to announce he is stepping down

  • In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses his lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey. Long-denied tensions between Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and prime minister Davutoglu are beginning to surface publicly, leading to speculation that the country’s powerful leader may be considering replacing the premier with a figure more willing to take a backseat role.(AP Photo)

    In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses his lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey. Long-denied tensions between Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and prime minister Davutoglu are beginning to surface publicly, leading to speculation that the country’s powerful leader may be considering replacing the premier with a figure more willing to take a backseat role.(AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu leaves after a press conference at the headquarters of his ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Davutoglu announced his resignation on Thursday, paving the way for the country's president to pursue a tighter grip on power. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu leaves after a press conference at the headquarters of his ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Davutoglu announced his resignation on Thursday, paving the way for the country's president to pursue a tighter grip on power. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu smiles as he speaks to the media at the headquarters of his ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Davutoglu announced his resignation on Thursday, paving the way for the country's president to pursue a tighter grip on power. Davutoglu, who had fallen out with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced he was stepping aside following a meeting with executives of the AKP.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu smiles as he speaks to the media at the headquarters of his ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 5, 2016. Davutoglu announced his resignation on Thursday, paving the way for the country's president to pursue a tighter grip on power. Davutoglu, who had fallen out with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced he was stepping aside following a meeting with executives of the AKP.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

Turkish media reports say Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will call an emergency convention of his ruling party and announce that he is stepping down as premier, amid a growing rift with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Hurriyet newspaper said Davutoglu would make the announcement after a meeting with ruling-party executives on Thursday.

Davutoglu succeeded Erdogan as prime minister and leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party in 2014.

The two men have since grown apart, with their differences increasingly spilling into the public sphere.

Davutoglu's possible resignation comes at a time when Turkey is facing turmoil and an array of security threats.

The country, which is vying for EU membership, has witnesses several suicide bombings linked to Islamic State or Kurdish militants.