Nationalist deputy chairman says his words distorted

Nationalist opposition party deputy chairman says his words regarding MHP’s possible support for minority government with AK Party distorted by Reuters

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Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy chairman Semih Yalcin

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy chairman Semih Yalcin said on Tuesday that his statement regarding MHP’s possible support for a minority government with the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) was distorted by Reuters.

“An answer that I gave to a question by Reuters reporter regarding a minority government has been distorted and pulled away from its meaning. It cannot be conceived that our party would approach any option of a minority government positively or warmly,” said Yalcin.

The denial came after Reuters report claiming that Yalcin said that the MHP would support a minority government formed with the AK Party if it agreed to hold an early election on in November.

"We will not support an ordinary minority government by the AK Party, but if the minority government means an election government, we would have to see the election date,” Yalcin is said to state.

This statement came after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s commentary on a possible minority government.

Speaking to the reporters, Erdogan said on July 31 that if attempts to form a coalition fail, a temporary minority government should be formed only to lead the country to an early election rather than an interim government.

Erdogan stated “I am against a permanent minority government. A temporary minority government supported by one or two parties could bring Turkey to early election."

Meanwhile, Vice-Chairman and MHP Istanbul deputy Celal Adan also commented on minority government claim at a press statement he issued on Tuesday. 

"MHP strongly stressed that it would not take a role in minority government," Aldan underlined. 

On the other hand, the AK Party held its last meeting with the Republican People’s Party (CHP) to form a coalition government.

The party representatives have gathered for the fifth time in an almost eight-hour long meeting in the Ankara Palace State Guesthouse on Monday.

Omer Celik, who is the AK Party representative for the coalition talks, has commented on the negotiations saying that, “We have discussed with our CHP interlocutors all the points of the talks in a mutual politeness and respect.”

CHP representative Haluk Koc has said, “We have had both disagreements and agreements on the main topics of the coalition talks. Our Prime Minister Davutoglu will decide the rest. If there will be a consideration in respect to our party [by the AK Party], we will consider it also,” in a press conference following the latest meeting.

President Erdogan assigned Prime Minister and leader of the AK Party Ahmet Davutoglu the duty of forming the new government on July 9.

In Turkey's tense political atmosphere, an early election is seen as being more probable considering the rivalry between the opposition parties might result in a deadlock in the formation of a government.

If the parliament fails to establish a new government within 45 days following July 9, an early election will be inevitable.


TRTWorld, Reuters