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Opposition bloc should form government, says Turkey's center-left party

Turkey's center-left Republican People's Party (CHP) has urged other opposition groups to form the next government. The leader of the country's largest opposition party has also laid out terms for joining the coalition.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

has increased efforts to find partners

for a possible coalition government led by his center-right Justice and Development Party (AKP). The AKP remains

the largest party in parliament

with 40.9 percent votes despite failing to win a majority in the June 7 election.

But Kemal Kilicdaroglu (pictured above), leader of the center-left Republican People's Party (CHP), said Monday that "the principal duty to form a government falls to the 60 percent (opposition) bloc."

Kilicdaroglu also outlined the terms for the opposition parties which include forcing Erdogan not to exceed his constitutional powers.

"The president has to be pulled back within the constitutional limits," Kilicdaroglu said, adding that Erdogan should not be involved in the coalition-building talks.

Erdogan, who has been a powerful political figure in Turkey for more than a decade, should not "meddle in everything," said Kilicdaroglu.

A campaigning neutral president

Despite the fact that the president is a neutral figure in Turkey, Erdogan campaigned relentlessly to secure an absolute majority for his AKP party that could allow him to make

constitutional changes to switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system

.

The pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) - which achieved

more than the 10 percent of the vote

needed to secure parliamentary representation - has rejected joining an AKP-led government.

A coalition of the three opposition parties - the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the CHP and the HDP - is possible, but that has so far appeared unlikely , given their political differences. If no coalition is formed, Erdogan can call new elections.

shs/rc (AP, Reuters)

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