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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
If Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan’s intention in his address yesterday was to make the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) angry and decide not to join the “temporary” election government of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, it did not work
While saying he had not “willingly” assumed the mandate to form a “temporary” government to go to the elections on Nov. 1, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu looked unusually strained in his press conference after meeting with President Tayyip Erdoğan on Aug. 28
Be careful what you wish for, in politics too; things may not go as planned
On Aug. 20, in an 11th hour effort, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu made a call to the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) to see if they would take part in an election government with his Justice and Development Party (AK Parti)
Following President Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarks on Aug. 19 about Turkey swiftly heading for another election shortly after the one on June 7, the Supreme Election Board (YSK) sent a message to political parties on Aug. 20 suggesting Nov. 1 could be a suitable date for them to get ready for formalities.
Right after the news President Tayyip Erdoğan was going to meet Parliamentary Speaker İsmet Yılmaz to discuss an interim government to take the country to another election in six months, the news hit the wires about the killing of eight Turkish soldiers in a bomb ambush near the eastern city of Siirt by suspected militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
A video message by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hit social media in Turkey on the morning of Aug. 18.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu appeared before the cameras on Aug. 17 to say that the formation of a coalition government between his Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) and Devlet Bahçeli’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) was not possible
“This is a de facto change in the system of administration,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said over the weekend in his Black Sea hometown of Rize; “What is needed now is to make it clear [meaning official] with a new constitution.”
Talks between Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) over the possibility of a “Grand Coalition” government in Turkey failed on Aug. 13 after a one-and-a-half hour meeting in Ankara.
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