Turkey’s Deputy PM: There should be no red lines in politics

Turkish Deputy PM Bulent Arinc says opposition parties should not have ‘red lines’ on forming government

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A senior member of Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and Deputy PM Bulent Aric said on Friday opposition parties should not close the doors on coalition government debates.

Speaking to the reporters in Istanbul after an international conference on human rights, Arinc rejected the red lines drawn by political parties about coalition government debates following the June 7 election results.

“Every party leader should establish very sincere and affirmative relations with other party leaders and work with them on a beneficial government model for the country,” Arinc said.

"It is urgent to look for ways to form a strong government by considering the economy, foreign policy and all the subjects about Turkey," Arinc added.

Arinc’s statement came after some opposition party leaders announced their demands on forming a coalition government.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli said on Tuesday their party has three “red lines” on forming a coalition government with the AK Party

Bahceli stated their demands as following that are removing the presidential system debate off the table, ending the peace process with the outlawed PKK, and excluding the deputies allegedly involved in the “corruption case.”  

The Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu also had said right after the election that the CHP is not interested in forming coalition with the AK Party.

However, former CHP leader and current CHP deputy Deniz Baykal held a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday over formation of new government and the selection of temporary parliament speaker.

The meeting was received as a signal that the AK Party may form a coalition with the CHP, if not, with the deputies under the influence of Baykal.

In the meantime, CHP vice-chair Sezgin Tanrikulu said the priority of the CHP is to select a coalition option which “avoids the AK Party” following Erdogan-Baykal meeting.

On the other hand, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas said “We are aware of the responsibility of our party. We will not allow chaos, tension, insecurity and instability in Turkey.”

However, he said “We are not going to be a part of coalition with AK Party,” saying that they would consider other options.

Unofficial results indicate that the AK Party which has been the single party government in Turkey for the past three terms, has won 40,87 percent of the votes.

Although the initial count has been completed, the figures need to be verified by the Supreme Election Council, which is a process due to be completed by June 19.

Once the final results are announced, initiatives to form a new Turkish government will begin


TRTWorld and agencies