Speaking at an iftar (fast-breaking) dinner, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will start negotiating with opposition parties to form a coalition government right after he is appointed by the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Davutoglu said “we are open to negotiations in order not to leave the country stateless and also to protect stability and peace within Turkey. We will start meetings with opposition parties with an open-mind. There will not be delay or postponement on formation of coalition.”
“We will form a government as soon as possible if the opposition parties sit on the table sincerely. On the other hand, we are not afraid to go to the polls again if they try to temporise,” Davutoglu added.
PM Davutoglu also called on others to respect promises they made for the ongoing peace process saying “It must be known that the promises, which were given in May 2013, must be fulfilled for the peace process, national unity and brotherhood to prevail.”
The peace process refers to initiations started by the AK Party in 2013 and the majority of the efforts made during the process have been aimed at ending the armed conflict between the outlawed PKK and the government which led to the deaths of some 40,000 people.
Davutoglu stated that people who believe in democracy, freedom, peace and human rights, have to talk about disarmament.
“The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) which does not have a clear attitude against the separatist terror organisation [PKK] keeps talking about 'peace' but remains silent on attacks,” Davutoglu said.
“They [The HDP] should know that if someone tries to disturb the peace in any way, we will take measures against them and will never allow our citizens' peace to be broken,” he added.
Turkey, the US and EU list the PKK as a terrorist organisation.
Meanwhile, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli said on Wednesday that the best option to form a new government is a coalition between the AK Party and the Republican People’s Party (CHP).
Speaking to Turkish media, Bahceli said “We said this on the election night of June 7. We intend to be the main opposition. If AK Party-CHP coalition model comes out of the talks then we will support all practices that are in the country’s interests.”
The MHP leader had called for early election after June 7 general elections saying that they would not be a part of coalition government.
However, Bahceli’s recent comments indicated a softening of his stance towards forming a coalition government for the sake of national interests.