Davutoglu given mandate to form new government

Davutoglu had a meeting with Erdogan after Parliament convened on Tuesday for the oath-taking ceremony for the new lawmakers elected on Nov. 1.

The AK Party has won 317 seats in the 550-member Parliament, well enough to form a one-party government, while the Republican People’s Party (CHP) secured 134 seats. The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has 59 seats in the new Parliament, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has the remaining 40 seats.

The Nov. 1 election was a re-run called by Erdogan after Davutoglu failed to form a coalition partnership with any of the three opposition parties in parliament.

The new election was held amid renewed violence in Turkey, and Erdogan and Davutoglu argued that only a single-party majority could restore stability. The renewed fighting between Turkey’s security forces and Kurdish rebels has left hundreds of people dead and shattered an already-fragile peace process.

Turkey also suffered two massive suicide bombings at pro-Kurdish gatherings that killed some 130 people, apparently carried out by an Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group cell.

Davutoglu was expected to present a Cabinet list for Erdogan’s approval either on Thursday or Friday.

Erdogan waited for 17 days to task Davutoglu with forming government when the lawmakers sworn after June elections.