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Turkey poised for snap November polls

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Turkey poised for snap November polls


Turkey is set to hold snap elections in November, with a temporary government to be formed in the meantime.

So says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the ruling AK party, which he founded, failed in efforts to form a coalition with opposition
groups after losing its majority.

“We will take our country to snap elections,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul.

“The person tasked by me will form a caretaker government and cabinet with members of parliament and, if necessary, with members from outside parliament.

“And with this cabinet we will go to the polls. The date for the snap election is November 1. God willing, Turkey will go to the polls again.”

The power-sharing interim administration looks set to be dominated by loyalists to President Erdogan and the Islamist-rooted AK Party.

It lost its majority in elections in June, frustrating Erdogan’s hopes of changing the constitution and boosting his presidential powers.

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