Erdogan reelected as head of Turkey's ruling AK Party

By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu

ANKARA (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was reelected as head of ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party after he secured the votes of 1,380 delegates at the party's 6th ordinary congress in capital Ankara on Saturday.

In his speech, Erdogan thanked all party delegates for taking part in the congress.

"May God helps us," he said.

The party delegates also voted for the new 50-member strong Central Decision and Executive Board (MKYK).

A total of 29 new names took part in the MKYK.

Central Disciplinary Board (MDK), Intra-Party Democracy and Arbitration Board, and Political Virtue and Ethics Board members were also determined by the delegates.

The new MKYK members will convene on Saturday at 5.30 p.m. (1430GMT) at the party headquarter.

Erdogan is expected to announce new Central Executive Board (MYK) members after the MKYK meeting.

MYK members will assist Erdogan as the party's deputy chairmen.

The AK Party normally holds its grand congress once every three years. The last one was held in September 2015.

In May 2017, the AK Party held an extraordinary congress following the historic approval of a raft of constitutional changes that April. At the congress, Erdogan was reelected as head of the party.