Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu called on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to give the mandate to his party days before the deadline to form a new government expires on August 23.
Stating that “it is obvious that Prime Minister Davutoglu who has the mandate is unable to form a coalition government,” Kilicdaroglu continued “He needs to return the mandate immediately. Following this, the president is expected to make a new assignment. Even 24 hours is a long time in politics. We are ready to do what it takes.”
Early on Tuesday, PM Davutoglu was announced to return the mandate to form a coalition government after meeting with two opposition party leaders that yielded no results.
HDP leaves open door for coalition
Meanwhile, Peoples’ Democratic Party leader Selahattin Demirtas on Tuesday said that President Erdogan should give the mandate to the CHP leader Kilicdaroglu.
“We did not close our door to other parties. If the CHP want to meet with us, we would gladly accept their invitation,” Demirtas continued.
Asked about presidential system, Demirtas proposed a single-question referendum in which Turkey’s voters will be asked whether they want a presidential system.
“In a possible election, we could hold a referendum to ask people a single question: Do you want a presidential system or not?” Demirtas told reporters.
On August 15, Turkish President Erdogan called for a constitutional change in recognition of the presidential system. Referring that he was elected by public vote, Erdogan said “whether one accepts it or not,Turkey’s administrative system has changed.”
On the other hand, the CHP official Engin Altay told Reuters that the party will not take part in an interim power-sharing government ahead of early elections if the HDP declines to do so.
"If HDP doesn't offer members to that election government, we will ... not offer members either," said CHP deputy group chairman Engin Altay.
Following Altay’s statement, another CHP official Akif Hamzacebi stated that Altay’s words reflect his own ideas and do not represent the party’s ideology.
Late on Tuesday, HDP spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen also said that they would take part in an interim power-sharing government to lead Turkey to a new general election if the need for such an arrangement arises.
Last five days of coalition initiatives
Following PM Davutoglu returning the mandate to Erdogan, the tradition dictates the president to give mandate to Kemal Kilicdaroglu five days before the official deadline which is on August 23.
If the CHP cannot form a government within the last five days the president will call for an early election and appoint a prime minister within five days to form an interim government comprising representatives from all four parties, according to their number of deputies.
After the interim government is formed, the law requires the country’s election board to prepare an election on the first Sunday following a 90-day period which is towards the end of November.