Turkey's Erdogan urges government
Published 11/06/2015 | 11:56
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked all political parties in the country to put aside their differences and form a new government.
Mr Erdogan made the appeal in his first televised appearance since his ruling party lost its parliamentary majority.
He had campaigned to win a super-majority for the ruling party, which would have enabled it to change the constitution and usher in a presidential system allowing him to control government affairs.
The party is now forced to seek a coalition partnership.
Mr Erdogan said: "Those who leave Turkey without a government will not be able to account for it. Everyone should leave their egos behind."
Attending a graduation ceremony for foreign students on Wednesday, Mr Erdogan also took a swipe at the West, accusing it of ignoring the plight of thousands of refugees.