First opposition member joins Turkey's interim cabinet

Nationalist Movement Party's Vice Chairman Tugrul Turkes, son of the party's founder, Alparslan Turkes, accepts Davutoğlu's invitation

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Deputy of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Tugrul Turkes accepts prime minister's offer against party wishes.

Updated Aug 28, 2015

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu invited high profile opposition figures to participate an interim cabinet on Wednesday two months before a snap election after governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) did not revive its parliamentary majority.

Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) which are the main opposition parties had pronounced they wouldn’t participate the interim government.

PM Ahmet Davutoğlu had asked five members of the main dissent CHP and three each from MHP and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Wednesday to join the government which will guide Turkey to a new election on November 1.

MHP lawmaker, Tugrul Turkes, who is the son of the party's founder confirmed the PM’s invitation, a source in Davutoglu's office told Anadolu Agency.

The source also said Davutoglu and Turkes spoke by phone on Wednesday.

MHP Deputy Chairman Semih Yalcin called on Turkes to resign from the MHP, saying that he would otherwise be expelled from the party and Turkes was referred to the discipline committee for expulsion from the party according to a statement.

"Our party chairman has referred him to central discipline committee to punish him with exact discharge from party membership," said Semih Yalcin, in his statement.

Ahmet Kenan Tanrıkulu, resigned as the part’s deputy chairman in response to Davutoglu’s offer, as Meral Aksener, the lawmaker of MHP also declined offers to join a Cabinet.

Tekin Bingol and Erdogan Toprak, deputies of CHP have also declined the offers. 

In addition, PM Davutoglu invited Ali Haydar Konca, Levent Tuzel and Muslum Dogan who are lawmakers in HDP, as well as, CHP’s lawmakers Ilhan Kesici, Deniz Baykal and Ayse Gulsun Bilgehan Toker to join Turkey’s temporary government.

Responses are due by 6 p.m. local time (1500GMT) on Thursday.

TRTWorld and agencies