President Tayyip Erdoğan approved Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s cabinet for Turkey’s first “interim election government” on Aug. 28, 2015.
The government was accepted by Erdoğan after his announcement of the re-election (also a first) date as Nov. 1, after Davutoğlu failed to form a coalition government following the June election, when his Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) lost its parliamentary majority. Although such a move has never been implemented by any president before Erdoğan, it was constitutional. Anyway, Erdoğan wanted a fresh vote as he was deeply disappointed by the June 7 result, which complicated his aim of using extensive de facto executive powers under an AK Parti government. Nov. 1 will mark a second chance for both the AK Parti to regain power and for Erdoğan to continue his project.