Turkey’s Erdogan says he will call a new election for Nov. 1
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

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will call a new election — likely to take place on Nov. 1. — after the legal period for the formation of government ends at the end of this week.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has already abandoned efforts to build a coalition government, following the failure of talks with the leaders of two smaller parties.

Turkey’s opposition leader had asked Erdogan to give him the mandate to try and form a government but Erdogan said he has no time to waste and will call a new early election.

Erdogan reportedly is hoping that the ruling party which he founded can regain the majority it lost in the June election.

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