Turkey’s Davutoglu Says Another Repeat Election Is Unlikelyby
Turkey’s governing AK Party will win enough votes in Nov. 1 elections to form a government alone and if not it can form a coalition, interim Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.
Turkey will hold its second parliamentary election in five months on Sunday after an inconclusive vote in June, when the AK Party lost its majority for the first time since 2002. Most opinion polls predict another hung parliament.
“Eventually, AK Party will either come to power alone or in a coalition, but we see it ruling alone,” Davutoglu said in a televised interview on Tuesday night. When asked whether Turkey will see another repeat vote, he said: “No, God willing, it will not.”
Coalition talks after June’s election broke down amid disputes over issues including the extent of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers. Erdogan, who co-founded the AKP, needs the party to win enough votes to re-write the constitution as he seeks to shift the center of power in Turkey from parliament to his office.
Davutoglu’s remarks were carried by the state-run Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.