Turkey's Erdogan open to all coalition possibilities

The leading opposition lawmaker has said that Turkish President Erdogan is open to all possiblities for a coalition.

Turkey's Erdogan open to all coalition possibilities

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan appears open to all coalition possibilities after the ruling AK Party lost its parliamentary majority in weekend polls, according to a senior opposition lawmaker who met with him on Wednesday.

Deniz Baykal, who headed the secular opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) until 2010, also told reporters after a two-hour meeting with Erdogan that the president understood the importance of forming a government quickly.

"I got the impression that he is open to all coalition solutions. I have the impression that he will have a positive approach to all models in this sense," Baykal told reporters.

Baykal is the oldest member of parliament and as such will lead its first session when it reopens following Sunday's election. He was meeting with Erdogan to discuss the reopening.

The parliamentary polls ended more than a decade of single-party rule by the AKP, dealt a blow to Erdogan's ambitions for a U.S.-style presidency, and plunged Turkey into political uncertainty not seen since the 1990s.

The AKP's top brass held a third day of meetings on Wednesday to consider its options and will either seek to form a coalition government with a junior opposition partner, or attempt to rule as a minority government. 

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