Erdogan says Turkey heading rapidly towards new election

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says due to failure to form government, snap election inevitable

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to call for early election after 45 day period ends

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey is heading rapidly towards a new election signalling that he will not give mandate to main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu in order to let him form a government five days before the official deadline which is on August 23.

Speaking to local officials in Turkey’s capital Ankara, Erdogan said "Because of the failure to form a government, we have to seek a solution reflecting the will of the people.”

Previously, Turkish media reported that Erdogan had considered giving the mandate to Kilicdaroglu out of question.

Reports also claimed that Erdogan plans to hold a snap election with an interim government lasting two months.

After Prime Minister Davutoglu returned his mandate to form a coalition government early on Tueasday, Erdogan is expected to call for an early election and appoint him as an interim prime minister.

Despite his efforts, Davutoglu, who is also the chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), was not able to form a coalition government.

An interim government will be formed by Prime Minister Davutoglu comprising representatives from all four parties according to their number of deputies.

After the interim government is formed, the law requires the country’s election board to prepare an election on the first Sunday following a 90-day period lasting until near the end of November.

Although the new poll is likely to take place in late November, Turkey’s election board has also said that they have the power to cut the 90-day period by half. If this decision is made, Turkey will be able to hold elections 45 day after the formation of an interim government.

In Turkey’s June 7 general election, the AK Party kept its leading role by winning 40.8 percent of the vote, the CHP won 24.9 percent, the MHP 16.2 percent, and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) won 13.1 percent of the vote, allowing it to participate in the Turkish Parliament as a party for the first time.

TRTWorld, AA