Erdogan Urges Swift Government + Video

Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:52:19

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the country's political parties to "leave egos aside" and form a government as soon as possible.

It is the first time he has spoken publicly since his ruling AK Party lost its parliamentary majority on 7 June.

Speaking in the capital Ankara, he said all sides must respect the election outcome "as the will of the people".

The AKP is now likely to try to form a coalition, but no party has indicated it is willing to join forces with it.

Breaking his silence at a graduation ceremony for international students, Mr Erdogan warned that history would judge anyone who left Turkey in political limbo.

"We cannot leave Turkey without a government, without a head," he said, adding that he hoped political parties would "prefer solution rather than crisis".

He said he would do his part in finding a solution and that nobody should doubt he will carry out his duties within the constitution.

The AKP secured 41% of the vote in Sunday's election, a sharp drop compared to the 2011 vote.

It has 45 days after the final official election results are declared to form a government - but that declaration is yet to happen.

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