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Turkey's Erdogan warns parties not to make his presidency an issue in coalition-building talks

Turkish Prime Minister and leader of Justice and Development Party Ahmet Davutoglu speaks to the media after a meeting with Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 13. 2015.  Davutoglu has begun a first round of talks on forming a coalition government by meeting officials of Turkey’s secularist party, CHP,  his ruling Islamic-rooted party’s arch-foe. Davutoglu met with Kilicdaroglu on Monday, a month after Turkey’s June 7 election left his party short of a majority, forcing it to seek a coalition alliance.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkish Prime Minister and leader of Justice and Development Party Ahmet Davutoglu speaks to the media after a meeting with Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 13. 2015. Davutoglu has begun a first round of talks on forming a coalition government by meeting officials of Turkey’s secularist party, CHP, his ruling Islamic-rooted party’s arch-foe. Davutoglu met with Kilicdaroglu on Monday, a month after Turkey’s June 7 election left his party short of a majority, forcing it to seek a coalition alliance.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's president has warned parties not to make his position an issue in their coalition-building efforts and said he will stand in the way of any deal that would nix his dream projects.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement late on Monday came as the Islamic-rooted ruling party prepared for talks with Turkey's far-right nationalist party, its second meeting with parties to test the waters for a possible coalition.

The ruling party's likely coalition partners accuse Erdogan of overstepping the powers of the presidency and want him reined in.

Erdogan suggested that some parties want to shelve projects — criticized by environmentalists — such as the construction of Istanbul's third airport and third bridge.

The ruling party lost its parliamentary majority in elections last month, forcing it to seek a coalition partnership.