Erdo?an says Nation to decide again if coalition talks fail


President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has said he does not think that a minority Government would address Turkey’s “serious” problems, once again raising the prospect of a snap election.

Speaking during an iftar (fast-breaking) dinner, Erdo?an said he hopes a Government which represents the majority in Parliament is formed as soon as possible. Stating that Turkey has serious problems and very important decisions to take, he said the new Government should be powerful enough to address these issues. “I do not think that a minority Government would have such a power,” he said, adding that political parties which cannot agree on critical issues cannot bring solutions either.

The Nation expressed its decision on June 7. If a Government does not emerge from this picture, the solution is again the Nation. If Parliament cannot solve this, the Nation will. Nobody should hesitate to go to polls,” Erdo?an said.

The election results on June 7 saw the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Erdo?an co-founded losing its parliamentary majority, ending a 13 year single party rule as well curbing Erdo?an’s ambitions of implementing a presidential system in Turkey.

His frequent references to a snap election option is because that would be the only way the AK Party could win back a majority to form a single rule Government and help him realize his vision for the presidential system.

According to the Constitution, Erdo?an has right to call a snap election after giving the mandate to political party leaders to form a Government if the efforts in this direction fail within 45 days.