CHP leader says block holding 60 pct of vote must form govt

Turkey’s main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu calls upon other opposition parties elected to parliament to form government

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP) has called on other opposition parties elected to the country’s parliament to form a coalition as they won 60 percent of the vote in Turkey’s recent election.

Speaking to the press ahead of party meeting on Monday morning, Kilicdaroglu said, “The result of the vote provided us with a 40 to 60 percent equilibrium. The responsibility of the formation of a new governments falls on the block that holds 60 percent of the vote. We should determine our principles and unite within that framework.”

Kilicdaroglu spoke for the first time since the election night of June 7.

According to unofficial results, the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) won 40.8 percent of the vote, the CHP won 25.1 percent of the vote, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) won 16.4 percent while the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) gained 13 percent of the vote in the June 7 general election in Turkey.

The HDP, which took part in the election as a political party for the first time, exceeded the 10 percent electoral threshold and entered parliament by receiving 13 percent of the vote.

In response to comments from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who said he would be meeting with political parties over the formation of coalition. In response, Kilicdaroglu said, “The president should retreat to his constitutional boundaries. We are open to backdoor diplomacy but our doors are closed for private meetings.”

Kilicdaroglu said all parties must place Turkey before themselves and act with reason rather than feelings. “The state cannot be governed by holding grudges. We cannot ignore the citizens that did not vote for us,” he added.

“If we plan on building a government in accordance with the expectations of the public, we have to form a government that meets the expectations of the majority,” according to Kilicdaroglu.

The CHP leader also said the priorities of the CHP are absolute security of life and property, rescinding laws passed following the coup of Sept. 12, 1980, empowering the parliamentarian system, ensuring political morals, and creating a social state. 

TRTWorld and agencies