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Erdogan ally set to be appointed Turkey's new prime minister

  • Binali Yildirim, Turkey's current Transportation Minister and founding member of the AKP, Turkey’s governing party, salutes during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Officials of the Party tapped Yildirim as their candidate of choice as a new leader and the country’s next prime minister. Yildirim will run unopposed for the party leadership at an extraordinary to be held Sunday in Ankara.(AP Photo)

    Binali Yildirim, Turkey's current Transportation Minister and founding member of the AKP, Turkey’s governing party, salutes during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Officials of the Party tapped Yildirim as their candidate of choice as a new leader and the country’s next prime minister. Yildirim will run unopposed for the party leadership at an extraordinary to be held Sunday in Ankara.(AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Binali Yildirim, Turkey's current Transportation Minister and founding member of the AKP, Turkey’s governing party, salutes during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 19, 2016.  Yildirim is expected to stand unopposed for the party leadership and 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)

    Binali Yildirim, Turkey's current Transportation Minister and founding member of the AKP, Turkey’s governing party, salutes during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Yildirim is expected to stand unopposed for the party leadership and 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shake hands as they pose for a photograph during a final farewell in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Davutoglu stepped down on May 4 over differences with Erdogan who is pushing for a constitutional overhaul that would concentrate greater powers in his hands.(Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shake hands as they pose for a photograph during a final farewell in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Davutoglu stepped down on May 4 over differences with Erdogan who is pushing for a constitutional overhaul that would concentrate greater powers in his hands.(Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's ruling party is holding a special convention to confirm a longtime ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its new chairman and next prime minister.

Binali Yildirim, the transport and communications minister and a founding member of the governing Justice and Development Party, is set on Sunday to replace Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who is stepping down amid differences with Erdogan.

Yildirim, 60, is widely expected to be more in tune with Erdogan, who is pushing for an overhaul of the constitution that would give the largely ceremonial presidency executive powers.

Erdogan is expected to formally ask Yildirim to form a new government after the convention.

Supporters credit Yildirim for his role in developing the president's signature infrastructure projects, which have helped buoy Turkey's economy.