Confusion prevails among party members over likely coalition

Comments coming from deputies of political parties elected to parliament suggest confusion continues among political parties over formation of coalition

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The statement influx ongoing throughout the political scene of Turkey following the June 7 election clarified that confusion over who to form coalition with remains among the deputies of leading political parties.

In recent comments, pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas harshly responded to the statement coming from the Nationalist Movement Party, MHP, and said, “The MHP would become honoured if they stay close with us.”

Demirtas’ response came after the MHP officials strictly underlined no coalition with pro-Kurdish party.

“Staying close to the HDP would only bring honour to the MHP and this way, they would benefit from our dignified stand,” he said.

Demirtas also claimed that the HDP is not an “armed group” and “if HDP did not stand in the way, breathing would not be easy,” referring to armed attacks carried out in Turkey by the outlawed PKK in over past three decades and that they would have escalated.

On Tuesday, two prominent deputies from the MHP made statements that refute any claims of coalition with the HDP.

MHP vice-chair Oktay Vural had passed the ball on coalition formation with  the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to the other side which has majority seats while another MHP deputy, Yusuf Halacoglu said, “World may turn upside down, but coalition cannot be formed with the HDP.”

In a written statement on Wednesday, former CHP deputy Faruk Logoglu suggested formation of a 18 or 24-month-long interim government consisting of the CHP, MHP and HDP, urging these parties to cross their red lines over a better future for the country.

However, it is clear that the nationalist MHP will not come closer to any option with the pro-Kurdish HDP.

CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu also had said right after the election that the CHP is not interested in forming coalition with the AK Party.

However, former CHP leader and current CHP deputy Deniz Baykal held a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday over formation of new government and the selection of temporary parliament speaker.

The 77-year-old veteran politician is the most senior member of the Turkish parliament.

The meeting was received as a signal that the AK Party may form a coalition with the CHP, if not, with the deputies under the influence of Baykal.

In the meantime, CHP vice-chair Sezgin Tanrikulu said the priority of the CHP is to select a coalition option which “avoids the AK Party” following Erdogan-Baykal meet.

“The electorate does not want to see the AK Party in power and majority have voted for other three parties. These are my personal views,” he said.

Unofficial results indicate that the AK Party which has been the single party government in Turkey for the past three terms, has won 41 percent of the votes.

In Turkey's tense political atmosphere, an early election is seen more probable considering that 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