President Erdoğan: Minority government will not end Turkey’s problems

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reminded all political parties represented in the parliament that the government formation process is a critical test and states that a minority government would not be a solution to Turkey's problems. at an iftar meal with former deputies on Tuesday.

Speaking at an iftar meal with former deputies, Erdoğan emphasized that everybody had responsibilities during such critical process of formation of a new government, even the former deputies who do not have a seat in the parliament. He said that "We need to make the best of our old deputies' knowledge and experience."

The Turkish President had previously said that there would be no problem if parties were able to establish a coalition government, adding in the case that establishing a government failed, it would be inevitable for Turkey to hold early elections, in line with the Constitution.


On the same lines as Erdoğan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had recently said, that the AK Party prioritized a coalition government but if things did not work out forming a minority government would be the last resort to ensure that Turkey is not left without a government in such a critical period.

The AK Party won its fourth consecutive general election on June 7, securing the largest number of votes to claim 258 seats in Parliament, 18 short of a simple majority, according to the unofficial results.

Although the AK Party won the elections by receiving over 41 percent of the votes, the support it gained from voters was not sufficient for the party to reach a majority needed to form the government on its own, which has led it to seek a coalition partner. As none of the four parties that passed the 10 percent electoral threshold-the AK Party, the Republican People's Party (CHP); the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) - had the majority necessary to form a single-party government, they are forced to negotiate to form some type of coalition following the opening of parliament with the ceremonial oath-taking by MPs later this month.

A new government must be formed within 45 days following the president's request, in line with Turkey's constitution. In the case that parties fail to establish a government, Turkey will have to hold early parliamentary elections.

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