Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has commented on initiatives to form a new government following the recent election results by urging parties to put their egos aside, at the Turkish Scholarships graduation ceremony in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Thursday.
In his first public speech after the June 7 general election, Erdogan said “Everyone should put their egos aside, and avoid the onus of leaving Turkey without a government and a leader.”
“Within the constitutional process, a government should be formed in Turkey as soon as possible,” President Erdogan added.
Stating that he will do his part in a finding solution and fulfill the duties given to him by the constitution, Erdogan continued “All political parties should evaluate the election results which did not give the mandate to one party to form a government.”
In Sunday's general election, none of the four parties elected to the Turkish Grand National Assembly were able to achieve the majority necessary to form a single-party government. This means they will likely need to form a coalition government or new elections will take place.
Regarding the coalition options available to the political parties, Erdogan said he hopes that the parties choose a path of settlement within constitutional boundaries instead of a crisis.
The president also accused the West of destabilising Syria by bombing Arabs and Turkmens in Syria and supporting the outlawed PKK and its Syrian affiliate the PYD, questioning the effectiveness of bombing raids by the US-led coalition aimed at degrading ISIS.
Erdogan issued a brief written statement on Monday, saying all parties must be careful to preserve an environment of confidence and stability after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) failed to regain its majority in parliament in Sunday's parliamentary elections.
On Tuesday, Erdogan accepted the resignation of the cabinet submitted by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as a procedural move after the June 7 general elections. The cabinet was then asked to continue its duties until the formation of a new government.
A meeting was arranged on Wednesday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Deniz Baykal, the former head of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and newly elected Antalya deputy.
The two spoke in a facility of the Foreign Ministry in Turkey’s capital of Ankara regarding Sunday's election results and the selection of a new parliamentary speaker.
According to unofficial results, the AK Party won 40.8 percent of the vote, the CHP 25.1 percent, the MHP 16.4 percent, while the HDP gained 13 percent of the vote in Sunday’s general election.
Although the initial count has been completed, the figures need to be verified by the Supreme Election Council, which is a process due to be completed by June 19.
Once the final results are announced, initiatives to form a new Turkish government will begin.