Turkey's ruling party and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) voiced cautious optimism on Monday about the chances of forming a coalition government, but said more talks were needed to end the country's political impasse.
Two months after June legislative elections left the country without a government, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu held their first talks in Ankara, in a meeting that lasted four hours.
Culture Minister Omer Celik and CHP deputy chief Haluk Koc, who both attended the meeting, afterwards said efforts were being made to reach “a consensus” and the two sides would meet again later this week to come to a final decision on a possible AKP-CHP coalition.
“Real efforts are being made to see whether it (coalition) is possible... We are trying to find the best formula for Turkey,” Celik told reporters. “For two parties who are politically opposed to reach a consensus requires great effort,” he added.
The CHP's Koc said his party's aim was to form a coalition that would contribute to "overcoming multi-dimensional issues".
“Consensus has been reached on many issues after taking into account the country's interests. The two parties have responsibilities towards this country,” Koc said.
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