Erdogan rejoins Turkey ruling party

Erdogan rejoins Turkey ruling party

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejoined the Justice and Development Party (AKP) after a nearly three-year absence, following his narrow victory in last month's referendum boosting the presidential office.

Erdogan symbolically signed a formal membership form in an emotional ceremony at the AKP's headquarters, where some party members were seen weeping. Erdogan was also seen wiping his eyes with a handkerchief.

"I am today returning to my home, my love, my passion. This yearning (for my party) is ending after 979 days," the AP cited him as saying.

The party is expected to re-elect Erdogan as its chairman at an extraordinary congress on May 21.