– ‘Yes he can!’ –
Erdogan’s comments indicated that he would use his right to call elections as president, rather than using the alternative route of agreeing the new polls through a motion in parliament.
“Can the president call early elections according to the constitution? Yes he can!” said Erdogan.
Opponents have accused Erdogan of seeking the early election all along and meddling in the coalition talks in the hope the AKP will improve on its vote in new polls.
After Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu failed to agree a coalition led by the AKP, Erdogan notably refrained from offering the second-placed Republican People’s Party (CHP) the chance to do so.
The opposition has accused Erdogan of violating the constitution but the president said he would not meet CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who refuses to set foot in his controversial new presidential palace.
“Why shall I invite the one who does not know Bestepe”? he said, referring to the Ankara district where the palace is located.
“Is there a reason to lose time?