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Davutoğlu to Begin Coalition Talks to Form Turkey's 63rd Gov't

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu the mandate Thursday to forge a government, starting a countdown that could lead to a re-run considering the failed compromise up to now over an alliance. Amid a pessimistic climate, Davutoğlu set his schedule and will pay his first official visit to the chairman of Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, on Monday to see whether he can team with the long-standing opposition. Davutoğlu is scheduled to meet with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which has so far openly expressed that it wants to remain as the main opposition, and will head to the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on Wednesday to talk over a partnership, which Davutoğlu had said was a remote possibility.

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Party Leaders Agree Early Elections Loom For Turkey

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Early elections loom as none of the parties have heretofore hammered out a solution to their differences. The official negotiations are yet to commence with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to assign Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu with the task. But taking into account the current pessimistic atmosphere, it will be difficult for the interim prime minister to make a deal to forge a government, despite his recent enthusiasm for a coalition.

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