Early coalition negotiations continue with MHP

Turkish prime minister visits Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) for early coalition negotiations on Tuesday

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish prime minister and leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu visited the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) for early coalition talks on Tuesday in his second meeting concerning the formation of a new coalition government.

Leader of the MHP Devlet Bahceli met with Ahmet Davutoglu and his committee in the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) today at 13:00.

It is expected that Bahceli will have repeated his previous conditions for forming a coalition during the meeting.

Following Turkey’s June 7 election, Bahceli said that the MHP does not want to be in a coalition and are ready to take on the role of opposition as the nation assigned them in the election.

“The AK Party could form a coalition government with CHP,” Bahceli has previously stated.

Invited to form a new government by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, Davutoglu met with the secular Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) on Monday.

After the meeting, both parties issued a press statement about the negotiations. AK Party leader Davutoglu and chairman of the CHP Haluk Koc spoke on behalf of their parties.

“The meeting atmosphere was sincere and amiable,” said Davutoglu following the meeting.

Davutoglu stressed that the meeting was not intended to reach a final coalition agreement as the first meetings are pre-interviews ensuring mutual understanding between the parties.

Mentioning the other meetings and negotiations, Davutoglu stated “We will stay at an equal distance to all political parties until the formation of the coalition government as all the parties received support from different segments of the nation.”

CHP spokesman Haluk Koc interpreted the meeting as a pre-interview. “We presented our intention and will,” Koc stated.

“We prepared a protocol consisting of 14 items that underline the indispensable elements of democracy. The written items indicate a framework to which a constitutional institution should place itself like all the other parliamentary democratic systems,” Koc said.

Koc remarked that the meeting was not intended to discuss these 14 items one by one.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also commented on the meeting at a fast-breaking dinner on Monday.

Erdogan said that, “We are waiting for the establishment of a strong government as soon as possible.”

Criticising disputes among the political parties he said “If a coalition government is to be formed, the nation expect to hear about future plans of the parties instead of their previous actions.”

For the meeting at 13:00, both the MHP and AKP formed committees. According to Turkish media sources the AK Party committee consisted of party leader and prime minister Davutoglu, the minister of labor and social security Faruk Celik, AK Party group deputy chairman Mahir Unal, AK Party secretary-general Haluk Ipek, former minister of transport Lutfi Elvan, and deputy Ertan Aydin.

The MHP committee consists of party leader Devlet Bahceli, vice chairmen Semih Yalcin and Ahmet Kenan Tanrikulu, group deputy chairman Oktay Vural, MHP Secretary  General İsmet Buyukataman and Deputy Secretary General Mustafa Kalayci.


TRTWorld and agencies