Turkey’s election board has proposed holding a snap legislative poll on 1 November, adding to a security crisis and sending the Turkish lira to a record low. The date for the fresh ballot is sooner than most commentators had expected after efforts to form a coalition ended in failure after inconclusive polls in June. The proposal, presented to political parties before a final decision is made, comes three days before the deadline for forming a new government. The Justice and Development party of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lost its overall majority in the June election for the first time since it came to power in 2002.
The prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, formally told Erdoğan this week that he had failed to form a coalition government. Under the constitution, Erdoğan should give a mandate to the second-placed Republican People’s party to form a new government, but the president indicated on Wednesday he would not do so.
The CHP and third-placed Nationalist Movement partyhave announced they will not take part in a short-term government.