A series of resignations have rattled the Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), following the resignation of Ali Babacan, the former Turkish minister of economy, from the party.
The most recent incident included the resignation of 89 members from the branch of the party in Gaziantep, a remote Turkish city near the border with Syria.
The resignations took place soon after the AKP lost the municipal elections in Gaziantep, according to Turkish media.
It said these members will most likely join a new party that will be founded by Babacan in the coming few days.
Former Turkish president Abdullah Gul, meanwhile, works to rescue the branch of the party in the city from collapsing.
He holds a series of meetings with party members to induce them from leaving the party, the Turkish media said.
Babacan had previously lashed out at the AKP and unveiled his plan to found a new party.