Turkey’s election was so nice, they’re about to do it twice

and that's the way it was

Negotiations between Turkey’s plurality Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) haven’t been able to produce an agreement on forming a coalition government. The two parties reportedly differed on foreign policy and the role that President Tayyip Erdoğan should play in directly governing the country, among other issues, and CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu never shook the feeling that AKP merely wanted to use CHP to form a short-term government while shoring up its position for new elections in the near future. It’s been two months since elections cost AKP its outright majority in parliament, and it seems pretty likely at this point that new elections will have to be held sometime this fall.

It’s likely that Erdoğan and PM Ahmet Davutoğlu will keep up their military campaign against the PKK at least through the elections, in the hopes that disaffected former AKP voters will…

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