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Turkey's prime minister appointed to form interim government ahead of election

Published 25/08/2015

Ahmet Davutoglu has been appointed to form an interim government
Ahmet Davutoglu has been appointed to form an interim government

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been appointed to form an interim government that will lead the country into a new election.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan selected Mr Davutoglu a day after he formally called for a new election, likely to take place on November 1, following an inconclusive vote in June and the collapse of coalition-building efforts.

Mr Davutoglu has five days to form a temporary cabinet that would include legislators from opposition parties and oversee the new election. Two main opposition parties however, have already ruled out participating in the interim administration.

The opposition has accused Mr Erdogan of triggering a new election in the hope that the ruling party, which he founded, can win back the parliamentary majority it lost in June.

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