Erdogan calls for stability after AK Party loses majority

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for stability in a written statement after the June 7 general elections

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said all parties must be careful to preserve environment of confidence and stability, after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) failed to regain its majority in parliament in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

"“The esteem of our nation is above everything else," President Erdogan said in a written statement issued on Monday. 

"It's vital all political parties act responsibly to maintain democratic gains and stability," Erdogan added.

“I believe that the current situation, which did not permit any party to form a government on its own, will be evaluated healthily and realistically by all parties that have taken part in the race.”

Turkey's ruling AK Party will try to form a coalition government as its first option, but an early election could be on the cards if it fails to do so, the party's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

"I believe our prime minister will be able to form the government within the allotted time," Kurtulmus told reporters in Ankara, adding that a coalition without the AK Party was not possible.

Another AK Party deputy prime minister, Bulent Arinc, also talked to the press on Monday saying, “I would have preferred to see the AK Party gain a clear majority."

"We might have made mistakes but we will stand up (again)...I am convinced people will embrace us again,” Arinc said.

AK Party has 40.8 percent of the votes, Republican People’s Party (CHP) has 25.1 percent of the votes, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has 16.4 percent and HDP has 13 percent of the votes.

Arinc also dismissed a possible coalition being formed between rival opposition right-wing National Movement Party (MHP), left-wing Republican People’s Party (CHP) and pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP).

“If there is going to be a coalition, CHP, MHP and HDP should try to form it. Let them try this first, and AK Party is ready to do its part if they fail to do it," Arinc said, daring the opposition parties. 

After the election results were revealed on Sunday, the Parliamentary Constitution Commission chair from the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Burhan Kuzu said an “early election is inevitable as these parties will unlikely form a government.”

In Turkey's tense political atmosphere, however, an early election seems more probable considering that the rivalry between the opposition parties may 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.

MHP leader Devlet Bahceli announced on Monday that he wants an early election if the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is unable to establish a coalition government with the Turkish parliament's two other opposition parties.

As for the the HDP, the co-chair Selahattin Demirtas ruled out a coalition with the AK Party on Sunday and said that the results of a parliamentary election had put an end to discussion about a presidential system, which President Erdogan hoped to introduce with enough support in parliament from his former AK Party.

TRTWorld and agencies