Erdoğan calls for coalition government in his first speech in almost four days

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdoğan kisses a handmade Turkish flag, given to him as a gift from Ugandan university student Cemil (R), during a graduation ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has made his first speech in almost four days since the general election, calling on all parties to act “responsibly” to form a coalition government.

The Justice and Development Party (AKP), which Erdoğan co-founded, is continuing talks with other parties on forming a coalition after it unexpectedly lost its parliamentary majority in the June 7 polls.

Erdoğan stayed uncharacteristically off air for more than three days and 22 hours – an unprecedented length of time considering his relentless TV speeches in the months before the general election…

Reminds me of how Stalin went into seclusion for several days after confirming that Germany had invaded the USSR, when he was absolutely convinced they would not do such a thing.