Monday 22 January 2018

Turkey's Erdogan urges government

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked all political parties to put aside their differences and rapidly form a new government (AP)
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked all political parties to put aside their differences and rapidly form a new government (AP)

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.

Press Association

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