Turkey’s opposition leaders argue on coalition options

Leaders and senior members of Turkey’s opposition parties showdown over coalition possibilities

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s general election on June 7 has caused brawl between political leaders and seniors over forming a coalition laying down their own conditions.

The leader of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli, declined proposal of the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) which offers Bahceli being prime minister in a trio coalition.

CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu  offered on Thursday the prime minister's post to Bahceli on the condition that both parties form a coalition government, which only have a combined 212 seats and still require a third party’s support.

Bahceli harshly criticised the CHP’s offer on Friday by saying “Is this a toy coming from China? The matter is state governing. What is the meaning of ‘take the prime ministry?’ We are not power hungry. This is a flippant attitude. We slur over this.”

The MHP took 16.29 percent of the vote and secured 80 seats, while the CHP secured its place in the parliament with 24.95 percent of the vote in the election and took 132 seats.

“There is no inevitability to try forming a coalition. The modest thing is the early election,” said Bahceli, reminding his first proposal in the election night, and also offered the date of early election as Dec.15.

General Secretary of the CHP, Gursel Tekin, refused Bahceli’s early election offer on Saturday and said Turkey is not able to stand an early election during such an ambience with many inside and outside problems.

“An election has already been launched with the national will. The nation warned all political parties. It says my wish is this, you will form a coalition with my will and fix my problems inside a coalition,” said Tekin.

Vice-Chairman of the MHP, Semih Yalcin, also criticised the prime ministry offer of the CHP saying “This is a political bribery. Mr Kilicdaroglu offered something inappropriate.”

Yalcin also ruled out on June 11 the possibility of forming a coalition with the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

"Let it be known that the MHP does not get in the same bag with the snakes," said MP Semih Yalcin in a statement. "They [HDP] have our soldiers', our policemen's, our civilians' and mostly Kurdish people's blood on their hands."

The HDP passed Turkey’s 10 percent electoral threshold with 13.12 percent of the vote to take 80 seats - entering the parliament for the first time as a political party.

Co-chair of the HDP, Selahattin Demirtas, reacted to coalition talks, claiming his party is being left out of the negotiations.

Slamming a discussion attached to the HDP without its opinion, Demirtas said “If the HDP wasn’t able to pass the threshold, you would not be arguing on coalition. You’re arguing under favour of us.”

In Turkey's tense political atmosphere, probability of an early election is increasing considering the rivalry between the opposition parties which might result in a deadlock in the formation of a government.

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

TRTWorld and agencies