Main opposition leader retreats from prime ministry ambition

Leader of Turkey’s Republican Peoples’ Party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu signals he has given up on bid to become prime minister as condition for forming coalition government

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu has retreated from his demand to be appointed the position of prime minister as a condition for forming a coalition with the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

Releasing a written statement on Sunday, Kilicdaroglu reiterated his previous comments in which he called on the other opposition parties that entered the parliament after the June 7 election to form a coalition, claiming that together they hold a “60 percent block.”

The signal of a retreat from Kilicdaroglu’s demand for the post of prime minister came in a statement from the politician in which he said, “When we called for a 60 percent block, we tried to indicate a common responsibility not a political partnership.”

Saying his aim was to remind Turkey’s other parties of the responsibility given by the public, Kilicdaroglu said the concern of the parties should not be the next election but shouldering the responsibility of being a politician.

“We are ready to forgo every post because the future of Turkey and our principles are what is important for us,” the statement declared.

Kilicdaroglu also criticised the other opposition parties for not being able to “dream of a coalition without the AK Party” and for not making any progress due to calculations over future elections.

“The only priority we have is to keep the promises we made and carry out the principles put forward. Unfortunately, the coalition parties continue announcing their conditions for a coalition, but the criteria for us are the promises and principles we pledged,” Kilicdaroglu said.

Media reports are circulating suggesting that CHP issued conditions to the incumbent AK Party for forming a coalition including “clarification over the position of the president and rotating prime ministry for Kilicdaroglu or a deputy prime minister position.”

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is also reported to have criticised the CHP’s demands, saying that the fulfilling such demands is unacceptable and emphasising the difference between the number of seats held by the CHP and AK Party.            

According to the official election results released by the Turkey's Supreme Election Board (YSK), the AK Party leads with 258 deputies in parliament while CHP comes second with 132 deputies.

Meanwhile, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) each have 80 deputies in the parliament.

TRTWorld and agencies