Davutoglu to start official coalition negotiations with CHP

Turkey’s governing AK Party to meet secularists to negotiate forming coalition

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu will start official negotiations on Monday over forming a coalition government after he received the task from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan assigned Davutoglu the duty of forming a new government on Thursday evening, setting the deadline of 45 days in which the parties need to form a new government.

Turkey may face an early election if the parties fail to form a coalition.

First destination of Davutoglu will be Turkey’s secularist Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP), the second party in the June 7 general election with 24.95 percent of the vote and 132 seats, the CHP officials reported.

AK Party declared their one and only “red line” as presidential authority, as the party refused to enter any of the ongoing polemics over Erdogan’s role in Turkish politics and the Presidential Palace.

The Presidential Palace was opened in October after Erdogan became the first publicly elected president of Turkey. The palace has been criticised from many angles ranging from its costs to its so-called “golden toilets” especially by the main opposition CHP.

CHP has been making statements over possible coalition scenarios where it would assume the leading role and exclude the AK Party from government.

The leader of CHP Kemal Kilicdaroglu said last week that he considers a coalition between AK Party and CHP is not quite possible, while he showed his wish to be the prime minister.

Davutoglu stated that his party will begin negotiations with two parties, CHP and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the third party which took 16.29 percent of the vote and secured 80 in the June 7 general election.

Last week, Davutoglu stated that they will take pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)’s opinion in coalition negotiations, however, many in AK Party don’t approve a HDP coalition because of antipathetic attitudes and statements of the HDP officials on the AK Party alignments.

The AK Party’s electors and party organisation rejected any coalition with the HDP according to the opinion polls and consultations, Davutoglu said.

President Erdogan called political parties again on Friday to form a government as soon as possible and to adopt the early election method if the parties fail to reach a deal.

Speaking at an iftar meal in the Istanbul University campus, Erdogan said the solution authority would be the public if the parties could not manage the process.

Since MHP leader Devlet Bahceli declared that his party will never participate in a political formations that directly or indirectly includes the HDP, an “opposition” coalition between the three parties does not seem to be possible.

According to AK Party officials’, the most possible coalition would be formed between AK Party and MHP due to the similarity of the parties’ grassroots.

Vice chairman of MHP Mevlut Karakaya said on June 19 that there can be no government without the AK Party, while the people chose the AK Party as the first.

“As we look at the election results, we see that the voters gave 258 deputies to the AK Party but also took the majority from them. The nation did not let the AK Party to be in charge of the government by themselves,” Karakaya said.

TRTWorld and agencies