President asks PM to form new Government


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has formally asked Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to start the process of forming a new government.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) failed to secure a majority at the 7th June elections, forcing them to start negotiations to form a coalition government. None of the three other parties elected to parliament are enthusiastic about the prospect. Nevertheless the Prime Minister now has 45 days in which to form a coalition.

The Anadolu Agency reports that a first round of talks with the parties will continue until 15th July. They report the Prime Minister as saying that “The second round of meetings will be held in accordance with the atmosphere following Eid al-Fitr.” Eid al-Fitr (The breaking of the fast) or end of Ramadan lasts for three days in Turkey from 18th to 20th July.

If the Prime Minister is unable to form a coalition government within 45 days then the second largest party, in this case the Republican People’s Party (CHP), will be invited to try. If they fail then a new election will be called, possibly in November.

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