Senior MHP official: No coalition without the AK Party

Senior official of Turkey’s nationalist party signals a coalition with the AK Party

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Vice chairman of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Mevlut Karakaya signalled a possible coalition with the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Thursday, saying that there can be no government without the AK Party.

Speaking to BBC Turkish, Karakaya said, “As we look at the election results, we see that the electoral gave 258 deputies to the AK Party but also took the majority from them. The nation did not let the AK Party to be in charge of the government by themselves.”

“However we cannot consider a coalition option without the AK Party at this point,” Karakaya added.

Karakaya also emphasised that the MHP will not be a part of any coalition with pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

Meanwhile, the leader of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu offered prime ministry to the nationalist leader Devlet Bahceli - head of the MHP - in order to convince him to form a coalition government with the CHP.

In an interview with Turkish daily Hurriyet, Kilicdaroglu said, “Let’s form a government together. Be the prime minister of that government,” on Thursday.

“Turkey has a whole lot of problems. They need to be resolved. Politics is the art of creating solutions,” Kilicdaroglu added.

Stating that the CHP, MHP and the pro-Kurdish HDP made similar promises in their election manifestos, Kilicdaroglu also said that they could perfectly work together to fulfill these promises.

A total of 276 seats are needed to form a coalition government. According to the official results, the CHP has 132 deputies while both the MHP and the HDP have 80 deputies in the parliament.

To be able to form a coalition, The CHP and the MHP, which only have a combined 212 seats, need support from the HDP.

Nationalists reject coalition with pro-Kurdish party

Bahceli, who previously stated that his party will never participate in a political formation that directly or indirectly includes the HDP, makes the likelihood of a coalition between the three parties seem impossible.

"How can we form a government with the political messenger of a terrorist organisation which ruthlessly kills babies, soldiers, police officers and thousands of innocent citizens?" Bahceli said earlier this week.

On the other hand, the pro-Kurdish HDP co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas responded to opposition parties’ attitudes towards them by saying “if it were not for us, the opposition parties would be talking about Erdogan’s presidency right now.”

Speaking at his party’s Ramadan dinner in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Thursday, Demirtas stated that the members of other opposition parties repeatedly question their legitimacy.

“I would like to call those who insult our party. If we were not able to pass the electoral threshold, you would not be speaking possible coalition scenarios right now. Most probably your parties’ chairmen would resigned after the election” added Demirtas.

Erdogan meets predecessor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and former President Abdullah Gul held a surprise meeting in the Turkish parliament on Friday after attending the funeral ceremony of Turkey’s ninth president, Suleyman Demirel.

The two held such a meeting for the first time since the June 7 general election.

Until today, developments have suggested that a coalition between the AK Party and CHP may be more likely since the AK Party has been keeping its doors open for all parties.

However, CHP leader Kilicdaroglu had said at the beginning of the week that the opposition parties were elected to the country’s parliament to form a coalition as they won a combined 60 percent of the vote in Turkey’s recent election, in an attempt to leave AK Party, which won the most  votes, outside the government.

In Turkey's tense political atmosphere, an early election is seen as being more probable considering the rivalry between the opposition parties might result in a deadlock in the formation of a government.

TRTWorld and agencies