President appoints Davutoglu as PM of interim government

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appoints AK Party leader Ahmet Davutoglu as prime minister in order to establish interim government en route to new elections

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands ahead of Tuesday's meeting.

Justice and Development Party (AK Party) leader Ahmet Davutoglu is appointed as prime minister by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday in order to form the interim government ahead of early elections based on the 114th article of the constitution.

Davutoglu said in a press conference that ‘’This is the first time Turkey is going to experience an interim government.’’

He is now tasked to form the interim cabinet and appoint ministers.

Supreme Board of Election (YSK) declared its decision on date of early election on Tuesday and set it to Nov. 1.

Following the passing of a 45-day deadline to form a new coalition government after June 7 elections, Erdogan called for a new general election on Monday based on the authority given to him by the constitution since parties were not able to come to an aggreement on a coalition government.


The interim government is supposed to be formed within five days of the publication of the election decision in the official gazette.

A draft plan was submitted to Turkey's four main political parties by the YSK on Thursday as a possible schedule of an early election.

A schedule, envisioned as an election calendar of 60 days, was introduced to the representatives of Turkey’s political parties which are expected to provide their feedback by Aug. 23 to the YSK after discussing the plan with party officials.

The YSK has the authority to shorten a 90-day period that otherwise legally needs to pass after an interim government is formed before an election can be held. The board has shortened the 90 day period to 60 days.

Several deadlines in the schedule such as applications to stand as a parliamentary candidate and objections to voter lists were shortened by the YSK, according to the introduced draft calendar.

In order to select the ministeries of the interim government, political parties that were elected to the parliament should submit the names to Davutoglu in proportion to amount of seats they have, according to the article of the 114th .

However, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have said they will not take part in the pre-election interim government while the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) responds positively to the participation in a provisional government.

For the cabinet list, the CHP is allowed six ministers in the cabinet while the MHP and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) can each have three seats.

According to local media sources, Davutoglu may give seats to individuals who are regarded as independent in case of not being able to persuade politicians from the CHP and the MHP.



TRTWorld and agencies