Turkey moves closer to election rerun
President’s office issues order that extends state of emergency, which expired Monday, in conflict-hit region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was due to meet Parliament Speaker Ismet Yilmaz to discuss a rerun of the June 7 general election, expected in October.

Sources in the president’s office, speaking under condition of anonymity, said they would meet at 6.00 p.m. local time (1500GMT) at the presidential palace in Ankara.

Turkey is set to face a fresh election after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's efforts to form a coalition government proved futile. Davutoglu was given a mandate to form a government by Erdogan on July 9 as no party won a simple majority in the June election.

The meeting between Erdogan and Yildiz is likely to lead to a second election just under two months.

A caretaker government formed by deputies of all four parliamentary parties would not need to be approved by a parliamentary vote of confidence. The key portfolios of the interior, justice and transport ministries would be allocated to non-partisan independents. As there is only one independent deputy in the Grand National Assembly, two of the posts would go to non-parliamentarians.

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