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Turkey's ruling party unveils Yildirim as premier candidate

  • In this Thursday, May 12, 2016 photo, Binali Yildirim, Turkey's Transportation Minister and founding member of Turkey’s governing AKP party, participates in a meeting in Ankara, Turkey.  It is announced Thursday May 19, 2016, Yildirim will stand unopposed for the party leadership and thereby automatically become Prime Minister at an extraordinary meeting to be held Sunday in Ankara. The shake up comes after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stepped down on May 4.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    In this Thursday, May 12, 2016 photo, Binali Yildirim, Turkey's Transportation Minister and founding member of Turkey’s governing AKP party, participates in a meeting in Ankara, Turkey. It is announced Thursday May 19, 2016, Yildirim will stand unopposed for the party leadership and thereby automatically become Prime Minister at an extraordinary meeting to be held Sunday in Ankara. The shake up comes after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stepped down on May 4.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, May 12, 2016 photo, Binali Yildirim,Turkey's Transportation Minister and founding member of Turkey’s governing AKP party, participates in a meeting in Ankara, Turkey.  It is announced Thursday May 19, 2016, Yildirim will stand unopposed for the party leadership and thereby automatically become Prime Minister at an extraordinary meeting to be held Sunday in Ankara. The shake up comes after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stepped down on May 4.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    In this Thursday, May 12, 2016 photo, Binali Yildirim,Turkey's Transportation Minister and founding member of Turkey’s governing AKP party, participates in a meeting in Ankara, Turkey. It is announced Thursday May 19, 2016, Yildirim will stand unopposed for the party leadership and thereby automatically become Prime Minister at an extraordinary meeting to be held Sunday in Ankara. The shake up comes after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stepped down on May 4.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, May 17, 2016 photo, Binali Yildirim, centre,Turkey's Transportation Minister, sitting next to Emine Erdogan, 2nd left, the wife of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, applauds during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey.  It is announced Thursday May 19, 2016, Yildirim will stand unopposed for the party leadership and thereby automatically become Prime Minister at an extraordinary meeting to be held Sunday in Ankara.  The shake up comes after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stepped down on May 4 over differences with president Erdogan.(Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

    In this Tuesday, May 17, 2016 photo, Binali Yildirim, centre,Turkey's Transportation Minister, sitting next to Emine Erdogan, 2nd left, the wife of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, applauds during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey. It is announced Thursday May 19, 2016, Yildirim will stand unopposed for the party leadership and thereby automatically become Prime Minister at an extraordinary meeting to be held Sunday in Ankara. The shake up comes after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stepped down on May 4 over differences with president Erdogan.(Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's governing party has formally tapped Binali Yildirim as its candidate to be the country's next prime minister.

Officials of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, made the announcement Thursday.

Yildirim is Turkey's minister of transport, maritime and communication as well as a founding member of the AKP. He will run unopposed for the party leadership at a special convention to be held Sunday in Ankara.

The shake-up comes after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stepped down on May 4 over differences with the president.

Analysts expect his successor to be more in tune with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is pushing for a constitutional overhaul that would concentrate greater powers in his hands.