Tur­key’s Er­do­gan ex­pected to call new elec­tion af­ter no gov­ern­ment is formed

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan was ex­pected on Mon­day to for­mally call new elec­tions for Nov. 1 and re-ap­point Prime Min­is­ter Ah­met Davu­to­glu to form an in­terim ad­min­is­tra­tion, a day af­ter the dead­line passed for es­tab­lish­ing a gov­ern­ment fol­low­ing Tur­key’s in­con­clu­sive elec­tion in June.

The Is­lamic-rooted rul­ing party, which Er­do­gan founded, lost its par­lia­men­tary ma­jor­ity in June for the first time since 2002. Davu­to­glu’s ef­forts to form a coali­tion al­liance failed last week, set­ting the stage for Er­do­gan to de­clare re­peat elec­tions he is re­ported to have fa­vored all along.

Er­do­gan is thought to have pressed for new elec­tions to give the rul­ing party the chance to win back its ma­jor­ity and rule alone.

Tur­key faces new elec­tions as it is grap­pling with a sharp in­crease in vi­o­lence be­tween se­cu­rity forces and Kur­dish rebels and is more deeply in­volved in the U.S.-led cam­paign against Is­lamic State group ex­trem­ists. The Turk­ish lira has dropped to record lows against the Amer­i­can dol­lar amid the po- lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty.

More than a hun­dred peo­ple — mostly sol­diers and po­lice — have been killed since July in re­newed con­flict be­tween the out­lawed Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party, or PKK, and the se­cu­rity forces, which has wrecked a 2 1/2-year-old peace process with the Kurds.

On Mon­day, PKK mil­i­tants det­o­nated a bomb on a road near Semdili town as a mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle was pass­ing, killing two sol­diers and in­jur­ing three oth­ers. Semdinli is near Tur­key’s borders with Iraq and Iran.

Two op­po­si­tion par­ties have al­ready de­clared they will not par­tic­i­pate in the in­terim gov­ern­ment, leav­ing Davu­to­glu with lit­tle choice but to form a gov­ern­ment made up of in­de­pen­dent fig­ures and politi­cians from the pro-Kur­dish party, who would be tak­ing gov­ern­ment posts for the first time in Turk­ish history.

AP

Masked left­ist mil­i­tants clash with se­cu­rity forces dur­ing a protest in Gazi dis­trict in Is­tan­bul, Tur­key, Sun­day, Aug. 23.

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