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Erdogan facing government challenge

Published 08/06/2015

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, accompanied by his wife Sare Davutoglu, waves to supporters in Ankara (AP)
Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, accompanied by his wife Sare Davutoglu, waves to supporters in Ankara (AP)

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% of the votes in yesterday's election and was projected to take 258 seats - 18 below the minimum required to rule alone.

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

All three opposition parties have spoken out against a coalition with the AKP after Mr Erdogan led a fierce and confrontational campaign in favour 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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