Monday 24 July 2017

Turkish leaders set for coalition

Turkey's Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party Ahmet Davutoglu. (AP)
Turkey's Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party Ahmet Davutoglu. (AP)

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu is set to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for consultations after the ruling party lost its parliamentary majority, forcing it to seek a coalition partnership with smaller parties.

It was not clear if Mr Davutoglu would submit his resignation in line with political custom during Tuesday's meeting. In that event, Mr Erdogan would ask Mr Davutoglu to remain in office until a new government is formed.

The Justice and Development Party, founded by Mr Erdogan, won some 40% of the votes in Sunday's election. It is projected to take 258 seats in the 550-seat parliament - 18 short of the minimum required to rule alone.

The result was a slap to Mr Erdogan, who had hoped to reshape Turkey's democracy into a presidential system, where he would wield most control.

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