Turkish President Erdogan calls for early elections

​Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for early elections most likely to be held on Nov. 1

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Updated Aug 25, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for early elections after the passing of a 45-day deadline to form a new coalition government following the last elections on June 7.

President Erdogan did not state exactly when the elections will be held, but based on his previous speeches it is believed a date will be set for Nov. 1.

"Our president decided to renew the Turkish Grand National Assembly elections based on the authority given to him by the constitution," a statement released by his office on Monday said.

The exact date of the election will be decided by the Supreme Electoral Council. President Erdogan is now tasked with choosing a member of parliament to form an interim government within five days that will function until the next government is elected.

The president is scheduled to meet incumbent Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the head of the governing AK Party, at 11:00 local time (08:00 GMT) on Tuesday. It is expected that Prime Minister Davutoglu will be asked to form the interim government.

Elections in June failed to produce a clear winner after the AK Party lost its majority in the Turkish parliament for the first time since it came to power in 2002.

AK Party lost its majority when the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) managed to pass the 10 percent threshold required to attain representation in parliament.

The centre-left Republican People's’ Party (CHP) and the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) were also in the race to form a coalition government before talks failed.

According to the the Turkish constitution, the interim government will need to comprise of 11 members from the AK Party, six members from the CHP, three members from the MHP and three members from the HDP.

However, the CHP and the MHP have said they will not participate in the pre-election interim government. In this scenario, their designated seats will be given to independent individuals.

Three independent individuals will also temporarily take control of the Justice, Interior and Transport Ministries.

TRTWorld and agencies