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The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been testing Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak for leadership, as rumors regarding the plans for him to take over the party continue.

Albayrak, who is also President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law, has been carrying out visits across Turkey as part of the test, a source following the AKP closely told Duvar.

According to the source, it’s highly likely that various analysis and evaluations regarding how the public perceives Albayrak are being carried out after the minister’s visits to the provinces.

Erdoğan is currently both the president and AKP leader, but the latter post can be handed to Albayrak before the 2023 general elections if he succeeds in these tests, the source noted.

While there are those within the AKP who deem the ones voicing the aforementioned scenario as “lunatics,” there are also AKP officials who support Albayrak’s leadership.

A political analyst following Albayrak’s visits, meanwhile, pointed to the criticisms of Turkey’s presidential system, which allows the president to also be the leader of a political party.

Erdoğan may hand AKP leadership over to his son-in-law since he trusts the minister, the analyst told Duvar, adding that no final decision was adopted on the issue.