Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday (June 9) to present his formal resignation following Sunday’s general election.
It’s a purely procedural move, as once the official results are published – possibly not until next week – Davutoglu will face the difficult task of forming a new cabinet.
His AK Party, which failed to win a majority in the parliamentary vote, could try to rule alone in a minority government, but it is expected to at least try to form a coalition, possibly with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which won a historic 13 percent of votes, has firmly ruled out teaming with the AKP. But its entrance to parliament brings fresh hope for peace talks aiming to end a 30 year-old conflict between Kurdish rebels and Turkey’s government forces.
“The peace process will continue in one way or another. We all need peace,” said the HDP’s leader Selahattin Demirtas.
“Those who are speaking on behalf of the old government should not take any anti-peace process comments seriously, not before the new parliament and the new government are formed. The Turkish society expects a solution from us on the Kurdish issue.”
But in the city of Diyarbakir, in the mostly Kurdish southeast, an Islamic aid group leader was shot dead on Tuesday, and two more people were killed in a clash that followed.
There has already in the past been sporadic fighting between Islamists and Kurdish militants in the region.
Last Friday, two days before the general election, two explosions ripped through an HDP party rally, killing two people and injuring more than 100.