The governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and Turkey’s secular Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) met for the first meeting of the second round of coalition negotiations in Ankara Palace State Guesthouse on Friday.
The spokesperson of AK Party and Minister of Culture and Tourism Omer Celik issued a press statement after the meeting and interpreted the meeting as productive.
Celik stated that in the meeting, all principles of both parties were taken into account as parties did not come together to form one party government , they came together to discuss the details of a possible ‘coalition’ government.
The parties plan to come together in every other day to discuss 10-12 previously determined articles and finish the second round with 4-5 meetings in a short period of time.
Celik stressed that either a coalition government or an early election is possible at the end of the meetings.
The spokesperson of CHP Haluk Koc supported Celik’s comments at his press statement after the meeting.
“The meeting was productive but since we have different ideologies there were some points we agreed and some others were not agreed on. We try to have a consensus for coalition government, we do not think of forming a one party government” Koc stated.
Democratisation, new constitution, economy, social supports, social programs, foreign policy, European Union and Middle East policies were the subtitles of the meeting.
Previously this week, the chairman of CHP, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, talked to a Turkish newspaper expressing his expectation of an early election and underlined the significance of building consensus during the coalition talks.
“In spite of the favourable intentions to form a coalition government, there are some difficulties in forming a coalition when it is interpreted in a realistic way. An early election seems more possible.” Kilicdaroglu stated.
In the meeting the AK Party committee included the Minister of culture and tourism Omer Celik, deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus, minister of development Cevdet Yilmaz, AK Party Istanbul deputy Osman Can and Malatya deputy Taha Ozhan.
CHP committee included vice chairman and spokesman Haluk Koc, Istanbul deputy Akif Hamzacebi, Tekirdag deputy Faik Oztrak, Izmir deputy Selin Sayek Boke and the consultant of CHP chairman Kemal Kılıcdaroglu, Rasim Bolucek.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave mandate to Ahmet Davutoglu to form the new government on July 9, starting the 45 day period for the formation of a new government.
Prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu conducted three meetings with opposition parties after the first round of coalition negotiations.
In the first round of meetings, Davutoglu conducted the first meeting with CHP, the second with Nationalist Movement Party (MHP and the third with the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).
After the first round MHP underlined its stance to stay as an opposition party rather than taking role in coalition.
The chairman of MHP Devlet Bahceli started to visit the cities in which his party increased its votes in June 7 election.
Speaking at Kirikkale province of Turkey, Bahceli said “We do not hesitate for an early election, we are starting our tours from here in case of an early election.”
AK Party did not offer a coalition to HDP even though they met for negotiations because Davutoglu stated the opinion polls that they conducted showed the electorate of his party don’t want to a coalition with HDP due to antipathetic attitudes and statements of the HDP on the AK Party alignments.