Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the formation of a coalition government is inevitable amidst ongoing debates over a possible early election.
Speaking at the Turkey Exporters General Assembly in Istanbul on Sunday, President Erdogan said “A coalition government is inevitable for Turkish parliament. We hope that the government will be formed immediately as the nation’s will.”
Emphasising that there is a strong connection between stability and growth in Turkey, Erdogan said that, “This country cannot stand regression or cessation. Turkey needs to stand strong in order not to be damaged and also to help its brothers in Syria.”
“For this reason, we need to complete this transition period after the general election and turn our route to the future. I hope a coalition government will be established as soon as possible,” Erdogan continued.
Coalition scenarios have become a daily debate in Turkey after the June 7 election. In this tense political atmosphere, the opposition parties do not seem likely to form a coalition government because of the rivalry between them.
If the parliament fails to establish a new government within 45 days after the election, an early election will be inevitable.
In his speech, President Erdogan also criticised statements questioning his presidential authority by the opposition parties.
Referring those statements, Erdogan said, “Some of them had said that ‘the presidential authority should be limited by the constitutional rules.’ I know the constitution fully and I know how to stay within that constitutional rules already. I do not need anybody’s instructions.”
President Erdogan’s “legitimacy” has been questioned often by the opposition parties throughout the election period.
While President Erdogan’s push to establish a presidential system in Turkey hit a snag with the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) losing the majority in the parliament, opposition parties have been increasing the pressure to limit Erdogan’s presidential authority in their political agendas.