Turkey’s Erdogan says no party has mandate to govern alone after election
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan of AK Party speaks to the media as his daughter Sumeyye Erdogan casts her ballot in the background at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Istanbul - REUTERS
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ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday no party had won a mandate to govern alone in a parliamentary election and urged all political parties to work towards preserving an environment of confidence and stability in the country.

“Our nation’s opinion is above everything else,” Erdogan said in a statement released by his office, his first public comments on Sunday’s vote.

“I believe the results, which do not give the opportunity to any party to form a single-party government, will be assessed healthily and realistically by every party.”

Erdogan’s hopes of assuming executive powers suffered a major setback on Sunday when the ruling AK Party he founded failed to win an outright majority for the first time.

 

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