Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu returned the mandate to form a coalition government on Tuesday after meeting with two opposition party leaders that yielded no results, according to ministry sources.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a mandate to Prime Minister Davutoglu to form a new government on July 9, starting a 45 day period during which coalition negotiations must take place.
Davutoglu gave the mandate back after 40 days of his official duty started.
Since AK Party was unable to form a coalition with any of the other opposition parties, tradition dictates the president should offer the second-placed party the chance to create an administration.
In this case, President Erdogan is expected to give mandate to Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Republican People’s Party (CHP), five days before the official deadline which is on August 23.
If the CHP cannot form a government within the last five days the president will call for an early election and appoint a prime minister within five days to form an interim government 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 which is towards the end of November.
In Turkey’s general election on June 7 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 and allowing it to participate in the Turkish parliament as a party for the first time.
Being given the mandate, PM Davutoglu conducted three meetings with three opposition parties - the CHP, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) - in the first round of coalition negotiations.
After the first round of negotiations ended, talks continued between the AK Party and the CHP, while the MHP announced that it would stay in opposition rather than taking part in a coalition.
On August 13, the AK Party and CHP announced that they could not come to a decision over the formation of a coalition government.
Following that, Davutoglu held a meeting with nationalist party leader Devlet Bahceli which resulted in deadlock once again over formation of a coalition.