Erdogan rejoins Turkey's ruling AKP party after 3-year absence

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Tuesday that Turkey would bring the curtain down on its over half-century bid to join the European Union if new accession chapters were not opened. However, an amendment that reverses a requirement for the president to be neutral and cut ties with their party came into effect immediately, allowing Erdogan to return to the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party, or AKP.

Erdogan becomes the fourth President to retain his party ties.

So President Erdoğan will spend the summer rejuvenating the AK Party and preparing it for 2018, when a flood of reforms and measures will put Turkey back on the track to become not only one of the leading developing economies of the world, but one of the leading democracies and pace setters of the world.

Earlier, party's member Yasin Aktay said that the party's executive committee chose to hold an extraordinary congress on May 21.

He is keen to sharpen the party's performance ahead of polls scheduled for 2019 after the "No" vote came out on top in key battlegrounds including Ankara and Istanbul in the April 16 referendum.

Erdogan had to leave the party when he assumed the presidency three years ago.

According to official results, the Yes campaign won with 51.41 percent, while the No vote stood at 48.59 percent in the referendum.

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"Turkey is not their (the EU's) doorman", he added.

"There is no option other than opening chapters that you have not opened until now". "If you do not open them: Goodbye".

On Saturday, President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said that Turkey's position on a number of internal issues, such as debates on capital punishment and the arrests of journalists, was unacceptable, but expressed hope that the situation would change, and affirming Brussels "would not shut the door for Turkey".

"First you have to handle these chapters and fulfil your promises. If not, we have nothing to discuss with you", he said.

Turkey's main opposition leader on Tuesday said "a chairman of a political party can not be a president of 80 million".

Critics fears the change will lead to a one-man authoritarian rule with too few checks and balances.

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