The deputy leader of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat, has been stripped of his post and replaced by former Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu, Turkish broadcasters reported on Friday. (UPDATED)
The unexpected decision to replace one of the closest aides of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was taken in the AKP's high-executive board meeting on Friday.
NTV said AKP said the decision was taken due to medical reasons.
He has been one of the most controversial figures of the ruling party, coming under fire when he said that the reforms made by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern
He was also a leading figure after Erdogan launched a war against
Firat had been accused by opposition parties and media of involvement in corruption.