Turkey's elites invite opposition to form joint coalition

Some artists, writers and non-governmental organisations led by SODEV, urges three opposition parties to form joint coalition

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Opposition parties elected to the parliament were strongly urged by a number of artists, writers and non-governmental organisations led by the Social Democracy Association (SODEV) to form a joint coalition.

According to unofficial results, the AK Party won 40.8 percent of the votes in last Sunday’s general election, while the main opposition Republican People's Part (CHP) won 25.1 percent of the votes. The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) meanwhile got 16.4 percent while the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) gained 13 percent.

The names petitioning for a joint coalition included writer Ahmet Umit, painter Bedri Baykam, film critic Atilla Dorsay, the former head of Association of Judges and Prosecutors (YARSAV) Omer Faruk Eminagaoglu, as well as a number of academics and representatives of some non-governmental organisations.

“The electorate voted for the three opposition parties. The AK Party saw the road to government passes by preventing these three parties forming a government. Now, the duty of these three parties is to distance the AK Party from the government. We now remind these three parties of their responsibilities,” the statement said.

Although none of the parties held any official coalition talks yet, discussions over the formation of a coalition continue among party members in the parliament as all four parties start to consider options for a coalition with each other in order to maintain democratic gains and stability.

The statement influx coming from parties and the public depicts the ongoing confusion which hangs over the political scene of Turkey following the June 7 election.

MHP officials strictly underlined that no coalition would be accepted with the pro-Kurdish HDP which throws out the option of forming a coalition of the three parties.

If the parliament fails to establish a new government within 45 days, an early election will be inevitable.

TRTWorld and agencies