Turkey’s AK Party rules out pro-Kurdish party coalition

Turkey’s governing AK Party sifts possibility of coalition with HDP due to grassroots opinion

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Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Following the June 7 general election of Turkey, the first and governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) which is not able to govern alone started to concretise its coalition options by eliminating the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) based on AK Party’s grassroots opinion.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu implied on Saturday that the AK Party’s electors and party organisation rejected any coalition with the HDP according to the opinion polls and consultations.

Speaking at a TV channel programme, Davutoglu stated that they will take HDP’s opinion in coalition negotiations, however, the AK Party doesn’t approve a HDP coalition because of antipathetic attitudes and statements of the HDP on the AK Party alignments.

“We sit and discuss. We listen their opinions, we say ours. But, in conclusion, the opinion of our supporters and party members are more important. And they took their position quite certainly and strictly, so I don’t think we are able to form such a coalition [with the HDP],” said Davutoglu.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan accused the HDP on Sunday of ordering the AK Party to form coalition due to the wishes of the HDP which refused to join any kind of coalition and positioned itself as opposition.

Referring to HDP’s statements over peace process, Akdogan said “[The HDP] wishes. ‘This should do that, that should do that.’ They always seek from us. You [the HDP] gained those votes. Why don’t you do anything? You say ‘The AK Party should form coalition with those.’ Is the AK Party your pieceworker,” speaking at a TV programme.

The HDP deputy Pervin Buldan said on Wednesday that they don’t want to see Akdogan in the negotiations of the peace process.

In early 2013, the Turkish government launched the Kurdish-Turkish Peace Process as part of a country’s Resolution Process which was was initiated in 2012 to end the decades-old conflict with the outlawed PKK, which was founded in the late 1970s by its now-jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU.

After the June 7 general election, co-chairman of the HDP Selahattin Demirtas said in his first statement that “We won’t hang him, but we will judge him,” talking about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is quite popular among supporters of the AK Party.

A survey of IPSOS research company published on June 9 showed the difference between the preferences of the Ak Party and HDP voters about a coalition with the other.

According to the survey, the 58 percent of HDP supporters prefer to form a coalition with the AK Party, while only the 23 percent of AK Party supporters prefer to form a coalition with the HDP.

TRTWorld and agencies