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Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim (C), accompanied by his wife Semiha Yildirim (L), shakes hands with Turkey's outgoing Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during the Extraordinary Congress of the ruling AK Party (AKP) to choose the new leader of the party, in Ankara, Turkey May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Riza Ozel/Pool

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan asked the new leader of the ruling AK Party, Binali Yildirim, to form a new government on Sunday, according to a presidential statement, confirming him as the country's new prime minister.

"Our president has mandated AK Party chairman Binali Yildirim to form the 65th government," the statement said.

(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by David Dolan)

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