Turkey's Erdogan calls for stability following elections

(AGI) Rome, June 8 - Following his party's huge losses in theTurkish elections, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called forstability in the country. In his first comment after hisJustice and Development party (AKP) lost its absolute majorityin Parliament for the first time in 13 years, he said that theelections had meant that no single party had won a mandate toform a government alone, and appealed for the results to beassessed "healthily and realistically" by all parties, urgingthem to "behave responsibly and sensitively in order topreserve the atmosphere of stability and faith in

(AGI) Rome, June 8 - Following his party's huge losses in theTurkish elections, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called forstability in the country. In his first comment after hisJustice and Development party (AKP) lost its absolute majorityin Parliament for the first time in 13 years, he said that theelections had meant that no single party had won a mandate toform a government alone, and appealed for the results to beassessed "healthily and realistically" by all parties, urgingthem to "behave responsibly and sensitively in order topreserve the atmosphere of stability and faith in Turkey and inthe democratic results". On Monday Turkey's central bank actedquickly to prop up the lira. The AKP had hoped to remain ingovernment alone, but this is no longer feasible with only 40.9percent of votes and 258 seats. An absolute majority of 276votes would have been needed. The CHP Republicans took 25percent of votes and 132 seats, the Nationalist MHP party won16.3 percent and 80 seats. The liberal pro-Kurdish HDP partyhas made its first entry into Parliament, culling an unexpected13 percent of votes - higher than the requisite 10 percent -and gaining 80 seats. A record number of 96 new MPs wereelected. There are now three possible scenarios: a minoritygovernment, a coalition or another election. Prime MinisterAhmet Davutoglu said the AKP party was clearly in the lead andits prime aim was to guarantee stability in the country. DeputyPrime Minister Numan Kurtulmus described a coalition as thebest option, while the second Deputy Prime Minister BulentArinc laid down the gauntlet to the opposition, saying that "ifthere has to be a coalition, the CHP, MHP and HDP shouldattempt to form one, but that if it failed, the AKP is ready todo its bit." Meanwhile the opposition is celebrating: "Thepeople have decided to put an end to an increasingly despoticpower," said the CHP spokesman. Chairman of the nationalist MHPparty, Devlet Bahceli, said there was no prospect of acoalition with the AKP, saying that the vote was "the beginningof the end for the AKP, because the country has clearly said noto a presidential system". Rising political star SelahattinDemirtas, co-chair of the HKP, thanked the country and spokeabout "victory for the oppressed, the poor and all themarginalised minorities". (AGI). .