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Turkey: Erdogan calls for fresh parliamentary poll

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Turkey: Erdogan calls for fresh parliamentary poll


Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has, as expected, called for fresh parliamentary elections after coalition talks failed to produce a government.

Voters chose not to give the ruling AK party, which he founded, a majority at the polls in June.

That frustrated Erdogan’s hopes of changing the constitution and boosting his presidential powers. It also plunged Turkey into political uncertainty.

Two months on, with no solution found, he is set to meet Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday to ask him to form a temporary Turkish government ahead of a new ballot, expected on November 1.

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

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