Erdogan Looms Large as Turkey's AK Party Mulls Coalition Options

Whether it teams up with the nationalist or secularist opposition, Turkey's ruling AK Party must navigate the same obstacle in its search for a junior coalition partner: the ambition of President Tayyip Erdogan. Though his efforts to forge a powerful executive presidency have for now been thwarted, Erdogan has held on to the reins of government despite stepping down as prime minister last August to take on the largely figurehead role of president. Opposition leaders who could now enter government in a coalition have made clear they will not tolerate his meddling, suggesting the days of him hosting cabinet meetings in his 1,000-room new palace could be over, at least in the near term.