Turkey's election board proposes November 1 as date for snap polls

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 20, 2015 3:27 AM

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's High Election Board has proposed November 1 as a date for possible snap parliamentary elections, ruling AK Party officials said on Thursday, paving the way for a break in a political deadlock after the collapse of coalition talks.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu formally ended attempts to find a junior coalition partner on Tuesday, more than two months after the last vote, handing the mandate back to President Tayyip Erdogan and making a fresh election almost inevitable.

"Parties put forward their own views on the proposed date and after that an agreement will be sought. Nov. 1 and Nov. 22 are suitable for us," one senior official from Davutoglu's AK Party told Reuters.

The political uncertainty, coupled with a surge in militant conflict, has shattered investor confidence and sent the Turkish lira early on Thursday to a record low of 3.0 against the dollar - a plunge of some 22 percent so far this year.

Erdogan said on Wednesday Turkey was heading rapidly towards a new election and only the "will of the people" can resolve the political impasse.

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The AK Party, which Erdogan founded, in June suffered its biggest election setback since coming to power in 2002, failing to win a single-party majority for the first time.

(Reporting by Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses; Writing by Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk; editing by David Dolan)