Turkey fails to form coalition government with pro-secular party

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s efforts to create a coalition alliance with the country’s pro-secular party have failed, pushing the country closer towards new elections.

Davutoglu said the two party leaders had not reached common ground for a power-sharing deal.

Meanwhile, fresh elections are likely to be called if no government is formed by the end of next week.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was reported to favour renewed elections, in the hope that the ruling party, which he founded, can regain the parliamentary majority it lost in elections in June.

The development pushes Turkey into political uncertainty at a time when it is faced with a sharp surge of violence and the country is engaged in major military offensive against fighters of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party -PKK.

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