Erdogan’s party likely to struggle forming new government 
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with actors during a visit to the set of the TV series "Dirilis" in Istanbul, Turkey - REUTERS

ANKARA: Turkey’s ruling party has been left with few options for a new government after it was stripped of its parliamentary majority and opposition parties ruled out joining it in a coalition pact.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP party won around 41 percent of the votes in Sunday’s election and was projected to take 258 seats — 18 below the minimum required to rule alone.

The result was a stunning rebuke to Erdogan’s ambitions to expand his powers in a new presidential system.

All three opposition parties have spoken against a coalition with the AKP after Erdogan led a fierce and confrontational campaign in favor of the party, brushing aside his constitutional neutrality.

Turkey has 45 days in which to form a new government after final official results are confirmed.

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