Acting Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said the June 7 election results, in which the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) lost its parliamentary majority, shocked the party.
“We should now exert effort to bring the AK Party to power again on its own. But it is also democracy when other results [that would require a coalition] emerge. To be honest, the June 7 election was shocking for the AK Party,” Davutoğlu said on Wednesday night during a live TV interview.
The AK Party chairman said they will do whatever Turkey needs on the morning of Nov. 2 [one day after the Nov. 1 snap elections]. We will not evade responsibility. We will not leave Turkey without a government. We will not let some implement plots on Turkey. The best option is our coming to power on our own. But if other conditions emerge, we would do whatever needed,” he added.
In the general election of June 7, no party managed to win the minimum number of seats necessary to establish a single-party government. The results of the election came as a huge disappointment to the AK Party, which ruled Turkey as a single-party government for three terms since 2002, as well as to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who campaigned for his former party in the run-up to the elections although he is constitutionally required to remain impartial.
Following the election, President Erdoğan gave AK Party leader Davutoğlu the mandate to form a coalition government on July 9, as the AK Party had emerged with the most number of seats in Parliament, however Davutoğlu failed to establish a coalition government.
Although Erdoğan was expected to give a new mandate to the Republican People's Party (CHP) as the second-largest party in Parliament, he did not. This was the first time in the history of the Turkish Republic the mandate to establish a new government was given only once. Following a general election in 1995, even the fourth-biggest party in Parliament was given the mandate to form a new government by the president at the time.
The 45-day deadline during which a coalition government must have been established before the country had to go to a snap election came on Aug. 23. As a result, Turkey will hold a snap vote on Nov. 1.
During the interview on Wednesday night Davutoğlu also commented on the Ankara bombings on Saturday which left nearly 100 people dead in a suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack. “There is a 360-degree, not 180 degrees, difference between the Islam we defend and what daesh [ISIL's Arabic acronym] has in its mind,” the acting prime minister said, in an apparent gaffe that sparked a series of tweets mocking his statements, which implied the government and ISIL are on the same page in their interpretation of Islam.
“Davutoğlu said there is a 360-degree difference between ISIL and them. They would sue others who would say that,” academic Koray Çalışkan said.
“Professor Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, a closed disc has 360 degrees,” Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Cem Toker tweeted, recalling that Davutoğlu is a professor.
“Mr. Davutoğlu, you should not be a pro-parallel to know the difference between 180 degrees and 360 degrees,” a famous Turkish geometry teacher, known as Ekol Hoca, tweeted with a smiling emoticon.
Mustafa Mete Ekol, who has some 86,000 followers on Twitter and who is using Periscope to broadcast live classes to hundreds of students and calling it an "online dershane," or prep school, referred to the government-invented claims of a “parallel structure” nested within the state.
“Here is an example why math should be a must at primary school,” another user tweeted.