Early coalition negotiations start, PM promises no prejudice

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu starts early negotiations for coalition by visiting Turkey’s secular Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP)

Photo by: AA
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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Prime Minister and the leader of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu visited the Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) officials to initiate early negotiations for a coalition on Monday.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave mandate to Ahmet Davutoglu to form the new government on Thursday, starting the 45 day period for the formation of a new government.

Speaking at a fast-breaking dinner with his party members Davutoglu explained the stance of AK Party in the coming period.  

“We have no prejudices or assumptions. We have no preconditions, either. We are ready to discuss any basic points, including the aspects for forming a government.” Davutoglu said.

“I am addressing all political parties, we will discuss any offers, any thoughts and any of our convictions in a politically kind, cautious and wise environment during my visits,” he stated.

Davutoglu underlined their one and only “red line” as the presidential authority since AK Party refused to enter any of the ongoing discussions over Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s role in Turkish politics.

Last week, Erdogan stated that Turkey’s political parties should not postpone the coalition process any longer and that the government should be formed as soon as possible.

Like Erdogan, different institutions expressed their expectations of a newly formed government in the near future.

The head of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) Cansen Basaran Symes called on politicians to form the government as soon as possible.

“We must not lose more time as the economic reforms should be carried out and growth should speed up,” Basaran Symes said.

Underlying their expressions, Basaran Symes said “TUSIAD deals with the strength of the new government more than its content and structure, we are willing to work together and are looking forward to having a new government.”

Political parties formed their committees for coalition negotiations and the first meeting is at 14:00 pm Monday with CHP.

The AK Party committee consists of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, Minister of Culture and Tourism Omer Celik, Minister of Development Cevdet Yilmaz and Istanbul deputy Aysenur Bahcekapili.  

The CHP committee consists of the party leader  Kemal Kilicdaroglu, general vice chairman Haluk Koc, Selin Sayek Boke, Faik Oztrak and Istanbul deputy Arif Hamzac.

The next meeting is expected to be on Tuesday with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

And finally the AK Party committee will visit the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Wednesday even though AK Party had earlier dismissed the possibility of forming a coalition with HDP.

“We will take HDP’s opinion, but we have eliminated the possibility of a coalition with them” Davutoglu has said.

TRTWorld and agencies