Main opposition spokesman hints coalition with nationalists

The Republican People's Party’s (CHP) Vice Chairman Haluk Koc calls on nationalist party to form coalition

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Republican People's Party’s (CHP) Vice Chairman Haluk Koc gave signals on Sunday that they are ready to make a coalition government with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) despite still being unable to match the votes won by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in last Sunday's general election.

Visiting districts of Turkey’s capital Ankara, Koc told reporters that, “We [the CHP] are aware of the responsibility given by the nation to opposition parties. As the CHP, we have got the message and we expect other opposition parties to do the same.”

Referring to MHP’s leader Devlet Bahceli’s statement in which he declared his party was “against all,” Koc said, “We cannot get somewhere with this ideology. We should come together with strong and reasonable demands to restore the AK Party’s damages.”

On June 9, Koc delivered a press conference after the CHP’s central executive committee’s meeting to evaluate the election results.

"Democracy is a culture of conciliation," he said in the conference.

Expressing his enthusiasm on the coalition scenarios and hopes of leaving years of an idle position in the parliament, Koc had previously said “the AK Party government has come to an end and CHP has become the most important political actor in forming a government.”

The CHP, at second place, secured its place in the parliament with 24.95 percent of the vote in the election and took 132 seats while the MHP took 16.29 percent of the vote and secured 80 seats.

A total of 276 seats are needed to form a coalition government.

The CHP and the MHP are unable to form a majority government since they have only 212 seats together. If pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) supports a CHP-MHP coalition from the outside, the two can form a minority government.

The MHP rules out the possibility of forming a coalition with the pro-Kurdish HDP which the MHP considers to be the political representative of the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK).

A peace process was initiated in 2012 by the AK Party to resolve a 30-year-old armed conflict between the PKK and the Turkish government, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people mainly in the country’s southeastern provinces.

However, one of the red lines made by the MHP leader Bahceli is to end the peace process with the outlawed PKK.

TRTWorld and agencies