Turkey’s Erdogan restores ruling AKP membership

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s membership in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been restored, according to an AKP high council decision reached Tuesday.

Erdogan rejoined the party after the 16 April referendum, which in addition to expanding presidential powers, enables the Turkish leader to preserve party membership.

He founded the AKP in 2001 and quit the party after being elected Turkish president in 2014.

On Monday, Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the president wanted to once again become an AKP member following the announcement of the referendum results.