Opposition deputies reply to ministry offers of Turkish PM

Deputies of opposition parties in Turkey respond to ministry offers of Prime Minister Davutoglu, one sent to party’s disciplinary board after accepting offer

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MHP deputy Tugrul Turkes visited PM Ahmet Davutoglu in Turkish capital Ankara

Updated Aug 28, 2015

Two deputies of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Meral Aksener and Kenan Tanrikulu, refused an offer for ministry positions from Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, as did all Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputies and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Levent Tuzel.

Turkish Prime Minister and leader of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu sent the offers of ministry positions for a temporary government to the deputies of opposition parties on Wednesday.

According to the electoral law, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) was offered five ministries, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were offered three ministries each.

Tugrul Turkes was the only MHP deputy who accepted the offer. From the HDP deputies, Ali Haydar Koca and Muslum Dogan also accepted the offer.

Turkes was referred to the disciplinary board of his party due to his “individual” decision that was a disagreement from the previous statements of MHP chair Devlet Bahceli.

MHP deputy chair Semih Yalcin announced on Wednesday evening that the relationship of Turkes with the party is blocked until the disciplinary board makes its decision, after accusing Turkes of being in a secret collaboration with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Turkes no longer represents MHP,” said Yalcin on a television programme.

Tanrikulu also resigned from his party saying “as a reaction to the daring of making such an offer to the deputy chair of the essential and esteemed Nationalist Movement Party, which has a 46-year-long history, I have resigned from my party as of now.”

HDP deputy Tuzel also made an individual decision that opposed the common decision of his party.

“Even it would be a temporary, I disapproved of participating in such a government,” he said in a press conference on Thursday.

CHP deputy Baykal reportedly sent a three-page-long letter to Davutoglu in response to the offer that was written with his reason for denying the offer.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave Davutoglu a mandate to form a new government on July 9, starting a 45-day period in which coalition negotiations took place. The parties could not come to an agreement over the conditions to form a coalition gaovernment. According to the Constitution of Turkey, if an agreement to form a government cannot be reached within this time period, then an early election must take place.

The Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) set Nov. 1 as the date for an early election on Thursday. Davutoglu is now tasked with forming a temporary coalition which would govern the country until the election.

TRTWorld and agencies