Turkish coalition talks expected to begin next week

After a multi-week delay, Erdogan gave the mandate to form a new government to Turkish Prime Minist Ahmet Davutoglu, Zaman reports. Coalition talks are expected to begin next week, and the four parties in parliament will have 45 days to form a government. If they do not, Erdogan can call for snap elections. Critics say Erdogan is pushing for snap elections, which could take place in November. The ruling AKP has major differences with the three opposition parties, particularly over Erdogan’s role as president, which the constitution outlines as a largely ceremonial post. Differing stances on Turkish-Kurdish relations will be another obstacle in coalition talks and will likely prevent opposition parties from forming a coalition that excludes the AKP.


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