Opposition parties give green light to AK Party coalition

Two opposition parties that enter parliament on June 7 elections including main opposition, give green light to possibly forming government with governing AK Party

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s main opposition People’s Republican Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) both signalled on Thursday that they may consider formation of a majority coalition government with the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) which won majority of the votes in the June 7 election.

Speaking to press following a meeting with mayors of his party, CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said it does not seem easy to form a government among the opposition parties.

“The attitude of the MHP is clear. We will consider other options.”

The MHP strongly opposed to being part of any coalition that includes HDP that entered the parliament for the first time with 80 seats.

Kilicdaroglu said, the CHP electorate has given the message of “reconciliation.”

“CHP is determined to take on the responsibility given by our citizens,” he added.

HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas also  gave the green light in comments on Thursday saying support from outside to any coalition that is formed with the AK Party would be provided which could be considered a significant development in coalition talks.

Demirtas said, “If AK Party and CHP form a coalition that does not include us, we are ready to support this coalition from outside.”

The developments suggest that a coalition of the AK Party and CHP may be more likely since the AK Party kept its doors open for any parties. But, CHP leader Kilicdaroglu had said at beginning of the week that the opposition parties were elected to the country’s parliament to form a coalition as they won 60 percent of the vote in Turkey’s recent election, in attempts to leave AK Party which has won majority of votes outside the government.

According to official results, AK Party leads with 258 deputies. CHP comes after with 132 deputies. The MHP and HDP each have 80 deputies in the parliament.

On Thursday’s statements, Kilicdaroglu recognised that it would not be easy to form coalition as MHP’s red line is clear on the HDP.

“The remaining alternatives are certain. We will think for Turkey and consider all the alternatives,” Kilicdaroglu said.

Demirtas also said the HDP is ready to provide support and ease the job of a possible AK Party-CHP coalition as long as the coalition includes the principles of the HDP.

“The important part for us is the resolution of problems. As long as the parties meet on a common ground, it would be comforting for Turkey and we would be able to move together,” Demirtas said.

TRTWorld and agencies