Davutoglu: Red lines contradict building consensus

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says time to settle on issues, but issuance of ‘red lines’ by opposition blocks efforts to build consensus

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Appearing on a television programme, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reminded that current political situation is an opportunity for political parties to settle on existing matters and red lines issued by other parties in the parliament over forming coalition contradicts with consensus building.

Davutoglu called on other parties in the parliament to acknowledge their responsibilities and that coalition negotiations would proceed in a speedy manner when sides reconcile, providing the voters with confidence.

Coalition talks started right after the results of Turkey’s June 7 election were revealed in which the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) of PM Davutoglu lost its 12-year-long held position as the single-ruling party.

Some parties elected to the  parliament issued their red lines shortly after the election in forming a coalition with the majority seat holder AK Party, while another one said it would not form a coalition with the part.

During the programme, Davutoglu stated regarding the “red lines” that, “I have never issued description of red line before since politics only progresses with direction, not lines.  This is not in line with political framework and would narrow down the options. Any issue should be open to discussion.”

Criticising the other parties that have been trying to highlight their gains in the election over the losses of the AK Party, Davutoglu reminded that there is still a 16 points difference between the AK Party and its nearest competitor, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), and said, “it is an enormous difference” when compared with the western political scene.

According to unofficial results, the AK Party has 40.9 percent of the votes, the CHP has 24.9 percent of the votes, the MHP has 16.3 percent while the HDP gained 13.1 percent of the votes in Sunday’s general election in Turkey.

“It is not acceptable to label the AK Party with failure as  the AK Party was appointed main party responsible in country’s government. It is normal for opposition parties to be happy over the results, because their aim was not forming the government but weaken the AK Party,” Davutoglu explained.

The prime minister underlined the AK Party has not closed its doors to any party in formation of coalition government and called on public to remain calm as the AK Party will not allow the gains brought by the AK Party in the past 12 years to be lost.

“We will not allow a chaotic atmosphere in the country. I have issued precautionary measures in economy and cabinet will meet over security issues tomorrow. The electorate signaled a coalition government  and we will carry on with that,” he said adding that the AK Party has no red lines and is determined to continue with the Kurdish-Turkish peace process and 2023 targets despite the slowness that may be experienced due to process of coalition governments.