August 18, 2015 / 6:43 PM / in 3 years

Turkish PM returns mandate to form government to President Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu officially returned the mandate to form a government to President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, the presidency said in a statement, after failing to find a junior coalition partner for his AK Party.

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during a news conference at his ruling AK Party (AKP) headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

The move, widely expected after coalition talks between the AKP and the nationalist MHP broke down on Monday, could now lead Erdogan to give the mandate to parliament’s second-largest party, the secular CHP, although it, too, is seen as being unable to form a government.

If no government is formed by Aug. 23, Erdogan must dissolve Davutoglu’s caretaker administration and call on an interim power-sharing government to lead Turkey to a new election in the autumn.

Reporting by Ercan Gurses; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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