TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JUNE 22

Turkish dailies on Monday covered President Erdogan's call on political parties to form a government 'as soon as possible' as well as Angelina Jolie's visit to refugees in southeastern Turkey

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JUNE 22

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Turkish dailies on Monday mainly focused on the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call to political parties on Sunday to form a government "as soon as possible" after the June 7 elections produced no single-party majority.

"If you [politicians] do not resolve this issue, the nation will resolve it," was STAR's headline, quoting Erdogan who was referring to the possibility of a new set of parliamentary elections should a government not be formed.

According to the daily, Erdogan urged parties to put their egos aside. "All we need is to form a government as soon as possible," he said.

Similarly, SABAH quoted Erdogan who said Turkey had no more patience left for time wasting.

"It is a heavy liability to make Turkey look like a country where a government cannot be formed," the daily quoted Erdogan as saying.

According to the official results of the June 7 general election, the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party has 258 MPs elected to the Turkish parliament.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has 132 seats, and is followed by the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) each with 80.

In order to form a government, any coalition needs to gain the support of at least 276 MPs - the majority in a 550-seated parliament.

In other news, HURRIYET covered the humanitarian trip of Hollywood star and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie in the southern Turkish province of Mardin where they visited Syrian and Iraqi refugees on the occasion of World Refugee Day on Saturday.

The paper ran a picture of Angelina Jolie holding a letter from Yazidi refugees. In the letter, it was reportedly written: "Our women, children are afraid of Daesh even here. We cannot go back to our homeland with this fear."

VATAN's front page described Jolie as a friend of the Syrian people, noting that she had called on the UN Security Council "to send their officials to Turkey and the regions neighboring Syria to observe the ramifications of the crisis on the ground".

"Witness this crisis for yourself. See that it simply cannot go on. And that it is past time for a credible plan to reach a political solution to end the conflict,” Jolie said.

Turkey shares a 900-kilometer border with Syria and has sheltered more than 1.7 million Syrians, according to the U.N., with more arriving because of ongoing bloodshed in the war-torn country.

According to government figures, the country has spent more than $6 billion so far for refugees while the international community's help has amounted to $300 million.

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