Turkey’s CHP favours coalition with nationalist MHP

Turkey’s main opposition party, CHP, proposes forming coalition with nationalist party MHP depending on election results

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CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu speaking at a party rally in Malatya province on October 24, 2015.

Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said in recent comments that his party's first choice for a coalition after Turkey's Nov. 1 election would be the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

Kilicdaroglu’s stated, "We are both opposition parties. We both have many common points in our election manifestos and accordingly, we can join together to form a government," speaking in a television program in response to being asked which party would be CHP's first choice in a potential coalition.

In comments during the program, the CHP leader also vowed to end terror in the country, pursue a "180 degree" shift in foreign policy, and maintain a unitary structure in domestic policies while providing more powers to local administrations.

When asked if he has set conditions for himself to continue to as party leader, Kilicdaroglu said, "he has not determined a threshold." However, he added that the "success of a party is determined by whether it has risen to take part in government."

If the party is not able to collect enough votes, Kilicdaroglu said the "party congress would decide" on the party's leadership.

The incumbent Justice and Development Party (AK Party) won 258 seats in parliament out of 550 in Turkey’s June 7 election, thus falling 18 seats short of the number necessary form a majority government.

MHP took 16.29 percent of the vote and secured 80 seats as the third party in the June 7 general elections, while the CHP secured its place as the second party in parliament with 24.95 percent of the vote, taking 132 seats.

During coalition talks following the June 7 election, MHP said it would not form a coalition with the other parties while the CHP leader claimed that the "block holding 60 percent of the votes should form coalition" referring to the CHP, MHP and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

However, the three parties failed to form a coalition with each other or with the majority AK Party.

In face of renewed coalition talks after the Nov. 1 election is held, HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas said, "There is no possibility of the HDP being part of a CHP-MHP coalition or supporting such coalition."

The HDP, which entered parliament for the first time in the last election by passing Turkey's ten percent electoral threshold, gained 80 seats in the parliament.

Saying that the HDP will hold coalition talks based on their political principles, Demirtas said, "We will discuss our own principles with both the AK Party and the CHP. Ultimately, we want a government to be formed."

TRTWorld and agencies