Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, August 25, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Monday called on reluctant opposition parties to join an interim government ahead of new elections, but two refused and the third, a pro-Kurdish party, said it doubted he was serious.Davutoglu was earlier appointed by President Tayyip Erdogan to form a temporary power-sharing Cabinet and lead Turkey into an election on Nov. 1, after two months of coalition talks failed to produce a working government. The prime minister has five days to form the interim Cabinet and is obliged by the constitution to offer ministerial posts to members of the opposition. The participation in the interim Cabinet of the HDP, which entered parliament for the first time in June after winning 13 percent of the vote, would be highly contentious, particularly as Turkish jets are bombing Kurdish militants.The sight of Kurdish opposition politicians in Cabinet seats would anger nationalists, potentially costing the AKP votes in November and again preventing a single-party government. HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas said he believed all his party's deputies were eligible for Cabinet positions, apart from its co-leaders, who will be responsible for election preparations.
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