Turkey’s nationalist party rejects all coalition options

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s meeting with nationalist party leader Devlet Bahceli closes doors to all possible coalition scenarios

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Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu and leader of MHP Devlet Bahceli leave the Grand National Assembly of Turkey after meeting

Turkey's Prime Minister and leader of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu held a meeting on Monday with the chair of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli, which resulted in deadlock once again over formation of a coalition amid a tense political atmosphere across the country.

The meeting came after a failure in negotiations between the AK Party and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) over forming a coalition government on Thursday.

Speaking after the meeting, Prime Minister Davutoglu said that he offered four different options to the nationalist party, however, none of them were accepted.

Davutoglu listed the four options as being a coalition government, a minority government, a temporary government in order to hold an early election, and support in the parliament for an early election.

Davutoglu was expected to highlight alternatives, including the formation of a temporary government dealing with joint and agreed issues in order to hold an early election.

Before the meeting the MHP was reported to have four conditions for joining an AK Party-led coalition. Bahceli announced that no changes to the principles enshrined in the constitution was his first condition.

The nationalist leader also wanted an end to the peace process with outlawed PKK - an armed militant group that has been carrying out terror attacks in Tukey, mostly in the southeast of the country, since the early 1980s.

PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, the US, and the EU.

The 30-year-long conflict between the group and the Turkish state has claimed more than 40,000 lives.

In early 2013, Turkey launched a peace process aimed at ending years of armed conflict with PKK terrorist group and reforming Turkey's constitution. However, the group decided to end its ceasefire with the government on July 11, 2015, declaring the construction of dams in southeastern Turkey as its reason.

Two other conditions given by Bahceli for a coalition were the reopening of investigations into corruption allegations that have targeted figures close to the AK Party and a guarantee to preserve the country’s parliamentary system.

Davutoglu and Bahceli had previously met a week after the June 7 election. After the meeting, the MHP said that it would stay as an opposition party rather than take a role in a coalition.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on July 31 that if attempts to form a coalition fail, a temporary minority government should be formed only to lead the country to an early election rather than an interim government.

Following Erdogan’s statement, Reuters claimed that MHP deputy chairman Semih Yalcin said the MHP would support a minority government formed with the AK Party if it agreed to hold an early election in November.

However, Yalcin later said that his statements were distorted by Reuters.

TRTWorld, AA