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Turkey ‘swiftly’ heading towards snap polls: Erdogan




Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey was “swiftly” heading towards early elections, after efforts to form a coalition government failed.

“We are once again swiftly heading towards an election,” Erdogan said in a televised speech in Ankara, adding that the only solution in the current political impasse was turning to the “will of the nation”.

Erdogan’s comments came a day after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu informed the president he had failed to form a coalition government.

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its overall majority in the June 7 polls for the first time since it came to power 2002, forcing it to seek a coalition partner.

Under the constitution, the president should now be obliged to give a mandate to form a coalition government to the opposition Republican People’s Party CHP party, which came second in the election.

But Erdogan on Wednesday hinted that he would not do so.

“I have no time to lose with those who do not know the address of Bestepe”, where his controversial new presidential palace is located, he said.

CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu has refused to set foot in Erdogan’s palace, which the opposition party has called “illegal”.

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