>> Turkey's president has stamped his authority on the ruling party, demonstrated by the exit of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. But rather than cementing unity in the ranks, the move may have pushed dissent within the AKP underground. Reuters bureau chief Nick Tattersall is following developments in Istanbul.>> Well the AKP is a monolithic institution tightly controlled from the top.
And over 14 years in power, it's shown few signs in public of breaking ranks. But there have, over recent weeks, been increasingly public signs of a rift between Erdogan and Davutoglu. The differences have been over issues from relations with Europe, some domestic issues, the handling of the economy.
But really the fundamental dilemma was that Erdogan seeks a full presidential system in Turkey, that would leave Davutoğlu essentially without a job. And that was a dilemma, ultimately, that was always gonna be a source of tension between the two leaders.>> Sources say not all in the ruling AKP are content with the changes.
But Erdogan has an established record of sidelining dissenters in the party.>> What it tells us is that the party's founder, Erdogan, is still very much the power and the influence in the whole organization through to its grass roots. Whether the party is in trouble, the bets really are that it's not, that it will pull together.
That Erdogan's ambition of securing a stronger presidential system for Turkey will come good, and that he will carry the party with it.>> Erdogan's latest moves have angered opponents who say he's meant to be a non-partisan head of state. Western allies are concerned that without the right checks and balances, the country could become increasingly authoritarian.
Europe's leaders concerned also that Erdogan would be a much tougher negotiating partner. He could seek an early general election to try to shake out the rebellious voices in the AKP. For now though, the dissenters are keeping a low profile.