Nationalist MHP leader calls for early election

Turkey’s nationalist MHP leader Bahceli calls for early election if coalition attempts fail

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

The chairman of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli announced on Monday that he wants an early election if the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is unable to establish a coalition government with the Turkish parliament's two other opposition parties.

"The first possibility for a coalition should be between the AK Party and [pro-Kurdish] HDP. The second model can consist of AK Party and [main opposition] CHP and HDP," Bahceli said.

"If all these scenarios fail, then early elections must be held," he added.

The MHP had been seen as the most likely junior coalition partner for the AK Party after the election results came in on Sunday. But MHP leader Devlet Bahceli ruled out being part of a coalition, saying other options should be pursued first.

As for the the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the co-chair Selahattin Demirtas ruled out a coalition with the AK Party on Sunday and said that the results of a parliamentary election had put an end to discussion about a presidential system, which President Erdogan hoped to introduce with enough support from his former AK Party.

According to the unofficial results of the general election, the AK Party came first for the fourth consecutive time in Turkey’s general election on Sunday, but could not gain the majority needed to form a government.

Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) chairman Sadi Guven said the official result of Sunday's election will be announced in eleven-twelve days, regarding the objection period.

The AK Party secured 40.81 percent of the vote, giving the party 258 seats in the Grand National Assembly - 18 short of a simple majority.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP), in second place, secured 25 percent of vote and took 132 seats while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) took 16.33 percent of the vote and secured 81 seats.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) passed Turkey’s 10 percent electoral threshold with 13.07 percent of the vote to take 79 seats - entering the parliament for the first time as a political party.

Political party officials as well as prominent academicians and journalists started to commence discussions regarding likely coalition scenarios after the election results were revealed on Sunday. If a new coalition government is not formed, Turkey risks ruining its newly established stability and economic progress.

TRTWorld and agencies