Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assigned Prime Minister and leader of Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu the duty of forming the new government on Thursday evening.
This appointment sets the deadline of 45 days in which the new government must be formed. If not Turkey faces an early election.
Speaking at the weekly group meeting of AK Party earlier in the day, Davutoglu stated that he could be assigned by the president to form the new government as the president had to wait until the formation of parliamentary speakership council for the appointment.
The parliament’s new speakership council was agreed by political parties on Wednesday.
On his speech, Davutoglu drew attention to the upcoming process and said, “AK party should pay attention to results of June 7 general elections in this process. The politics followed by AK Party in this time will be parallel to its stance following the election.”
“We did not decide on anything alone. We got opinions of different groups ranging from intellectuals to opinion leaders and most importantly the public.” he said.
The second point Davutoglu underlined was the coalition negotiations, regarding which he said he would meet with other parties next week “In case of assignment of government formation.”
He said he and other parties “will talk all details and try to form a government. During negotiations, we will be transparent to the public.”
Davutoglu addressed other party leaders and called on them to be respectful and constructive. “Try to pave the way instead of blocking it” he said.
“AK Party is ready for the negotiations with an approach without any bias or condemning.” he added.
Davutoglu also responded to the allegations claiming President Erdogan was intentionally delaying the formation of the government by not giving mandate to Davutoglu.
“The ones who make these claims must be unaware of the procedure. In order to give mandate to form a government, the president has to wait until the formation of parliament speakership council” Davutoglu said.
“The main reason why the government formation was postponed is the conflict between the Nationalist Movement Party and the Republican People’s Party (CHP),” Davutoglu suggested.
He repeated that they hope to determine parliament speakership council members on Thursday.
According to the recent parliamentary regulations, the council consists of 18 members: 8 members from AK Party, four members from CHP, and three members each from MHP and HDP.