Coalition scenarios become daily debate in Turkey

Daily commentary comes from deputies of political parties elected to parliament after general election lay down their conditions to form a coalition

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Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s general election on June 7 has led political parties to try reaching an agreement on self-conditions over forming a coalition as soon as possible and deputies are offering several solution scenarios.

A senior member of Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and Deputy PM Bulent Arinc said on Friday that opposition parties should not close the doors on coalition government debates.

Speaking to the reporters in Istanbul after an international conference on human rights, Arinc rejected the red lines drawn by political parties about coalition government debates following the June 7 election results.

“Every party leader should establish very sincere and affirmative relations with other party leaders and work with them on a beneficial government model for the country,” Arinc said.

Unofficial results indicate that the AK Party which has held a single party government in Turkey for the past three terms, won 40.87 percent of the votes.

The deputy chairman of Republican People's Party (CHP), Veli Agbaba, made a statement on Friday saying that his party will agree to a post-election calculus only if its party Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu is made the prime minister.

"We will only take part in a solution where our party is the governing power and our party chairman is the prime minister," Agbaba said.

Agbaba claimed that some circles wanted to draw CHP into a project for preventing “the fall of a rotten and corrupt government," which, he said, they would not allow.

The deputy chairman alleged that the post-election climate was the new stage of a years-long "unjust, remorseless and severe perception management against the CHP."

"The Republican People's Party is aware of the responsibility that these [post-election] conditions put on its shoulders," he said. He assured that they would not leave Turkish citizens desperate or the country without a government.

The CHP, at second place, secured its place in the parliament  with 24.95 percent of the vote in the election and took 132 seats while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) took 16.29 percent of the vote and secured 81 seats.

The vice chairman of the MHP has ruled out the possibility of forming a coalition with the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

"Let it be known that the MHP do not get in the same bag with the snakes," said MP Semih Yalcin in a statement released on Thursday. "They (HDP) have our soldiers', our policemen's, our civilians' and mostly Kurdish people's blood on their hands."

The HDP passed Turkey’s 10 percent electoral threshold with 13.07 percent of the vote to take 80 seats - entering the parliament for the first time as a political party.

The co-chairman of the HDP, Selahattin Demirtas, told the press on Saturday that his party desires a coalition between AK Party and CHP.

The main issue was shown as continuing the Resolution Process by Demirtas and the HDP stands as a supportive of a potential coalition of two major parties.

“We want them to try a coalition between AK Party and CHP first of all. If we learn the principles they are arguing and if we agree with these principles, we naturally make their work easier. Turkey must not remain without a government,” Demirtas said.

In Turkey's tense political atmosphere, an early election is seen as being more probable considering the rivalry between the opposition parties might result in a deadlock in the formation of a government.

If the parliament fails to establish a new government within 45 days, an early election will be inevitable.

TRTWorld and agencies