Nationalist party resistance over coalition signals deadlock

Resistance displayed by nationalist party on formation of coalition with pro-Kurdish party drags Turkey into deadlock

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Resistance of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) underlining no coalition with the  pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) shows signs of a possible deadlock over formation of a coalition government following the election in Turkey.

MHP leader Devlet Bahceli responded to the leader of left-wing secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) who had called on other opposition parties elected to the parliament to form a coalition as they won “60 percent of the vote” in Turkey’s recent election.

According to unofficial results, the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) won 40.8 percent of the vote, the CHP won 24.9 percent of the vote, the MHP won 16.3 percent while the HDP gained 13.1 percent of the vote in the June 7 general election in Turkey.

Reminding that it is impossible for the MHP to be convinced over coalition with the HDP, Bahceli said, “Block consisting of 60 percent is being talked about. It is nonsense to us. If the government was going to be formed depending on rates of the votes; there would be no need for principles, morals and dignity.”

Nationalist party leader went on to say, “We do not have any categorical objections. We only have principles. The formula for minority government is resultless and not right. Any formula that supports the HDP in a coalition would not involve us and would not be on our agenda.”

According to Bahceli, those who agree over resolution would be able to settle on coalition and said if AK Party-HDP formula does not fit, AK Party-CHP alternative formula must be tried which he claims have been signalled by some deputies from both parties.  

He also repeated the conditions MHP has placed for a coalition with the AK Party, that includes ending the Kurdish-Turkish peace process, re-draw the boundaries of presidential powers and investigations into Dec. 17-25 probes.

Meanwhile, HDP co-chair Figen Yuksekdag also repeated on Tuesday that HDP’s doors remain open for all political parties in order to form a coalition while adding there has been no proposal yet from any political party.

Also speaking over coalition, AK Party Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Turkey is facing a political situation that cannot allow an insistence on “red lines.”

“I suppose a coalition would be formed that satisfies Turkey in the first round, but if not,  we would be going to polls again,” Kurtulmus said.

Some media reports which claim to be gathering information from parliamentary circles indicate that if the AK Party forms a majority coalition with the CHP, the plan is to offer them eight ministries in the government. In case, coalition is formed with the MHP, the offer would decline to six ministries due to lower seats gained by the MHP.

However, Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) General Coordinator Burhanettin Duran said in an interview that the indicator for a coalition has moved towards  AK Party-MHP coalition as it was clarified by the MHP that there would be no coalition involving the HDP which was suggested by CHP leader.

“The recent statements of Bahceli might lead Prime Minister and AK Party leader Ahmet Davutoglu speed up on coalition with the MHP,” Duran said.

TRTWorld and agencies