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Turkey: Erdogan calls on politicians to 'put their egos aside'

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By Euronews  with Ilter Turan, Reuters
Turkey: Erdogan calls on politicians to 'put their egos aside'

<p>Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the country’s political leaders not to allow personalities to get in the way of forming a government.</p> <p>“So, all parties should put their egos aside and form a new government – within the constitutional process – as soon as possible. This process should continue with an understanding that it is a must for the state,” he said. </p> <p>For the first time since 2002, the AK Party, founded by the president, has failed to win an overall majority in a general election. </p> <p>It says it’s open to all options for a coalition. But, although a coalition seems likely, Prime Minister and leader of the <span class="caps">AKP</span> Ahmet Davutoglu says historically this type of government has not worked for Turkey.</p> <p>And not everyone is open to a partnership with the ruling party.</p> <p>Preparing to enter parliament for the first time, the pro-Kurdish <span class="caps">HDP</span> says it is open to a coalition with any group except the <span class="caps">AKP</span>.</p> <p>Co-chair of the party Selahattin Demirtas confirmed the party’s stance: “We will not make any comment before seeing all coalition opportunities. But, regarding a coalition with the <span class="caps">AKP</span>, we stand behind our words. I’m talking about other options.”<br />  <br /> Political scientist Ilter Turan told euronews the most practical option for the <span class="caps">AKP</span> would be to join forces with the <span class="caps">CHP</span> – its main political rival. The party’s former leader is touted to become the next parliamentary speaker.</p> <p>However, Turan says the nationalist <span class="caps">MHP</span> would be a more ideologically-suited partner.</p>