Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is reported to have ordered the entire governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) organization to “be prepared” for case of an early election.
The media reports said Davutoglu called every provincial chairs of the party one by one to issue the order.
Citing the prime ministry sources, the reports said Davutoglu also celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday of the provincial chairs and inquired information on the projects of the organizations.
“We are continuing the coalition talks here and we will carry them on until the last minute. But, you must be ready as if we will go into elections any time,” said Davutoglu to the the provincial heads.
“You must not stop working for the party both during the holiday and after the holiday, and stick with your fellow townsmen.”
On July 9, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assigned the PM and leader of the AK Party Ahmet Davutoglu the duty of forming the new government.
This appointment sets the deadline of 45 days in which the new government must be formed. If not, Turkey will hold an early election, according to the constitution.
In the past week, Davutoglu toured the headquarters of three other parties elected to the Parliament and met with their leaders as part of early negotiation talks.
The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which was previously seen as closest partner for coalition with the AK Party, distanced itself from a coalition government as its leader Devlet Bahceli insisted on becoming the main opposition party.
The grassroots of the AK Party have already ruled out the coalition options with the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), however, the early coalition meeting of Davutoglu with the HDP lasted two hours, the longest meeting that Davutoglu had during his negotiation tour.
In the meantime, the coalition with the Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) has become prominent as the Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan commented on Sunday that “CHP is closest party to the coalition as a result of its attitude. Yet the negotiations has not begun yet.”
Reminding the early coalition negotiations have generally been at a politically correct place so far, he said the first round of talks have been successfully completed.
Akdogan also said priority in talks following the holiday would be given to the CHP.
Davutoglu had expressed gratitude on the leaders of political parties for their attitude during the first round of early negotiations and said the talks would resume following the holiday.