Turkey’s secularist party reduces coalition conditions

Turkey’s secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) renounces 11 out of 14 conditions in order to form coalition with governing AK Party

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

The coalition negotiations between the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the main opposition secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) are proceeding with some renunciations in conditions of the CHP which renounced 11 out of 14 conditions to be able to compromise and offered two new conditions.

Speaking at his party meeting, Kilicdaroglu stated to CHP members that they will not give up the negotiations and will respond positively to all offers in order to come to terms until the end of the process, Turkish media reported.

Kilicdaroglu mentioned five “urgent” conditions to form a government, which requires to take precautions immediately, while not speaking of his previous conditions which seem renounced.

First condition Kilicdaroglu announced is to take foreign ministry, on the purpose of changing all foreign policy with Turkey’s “neighbours” like Israel with priority.

The CHP wanted the foreign ministry previously in its first conditions.

Establishing a new constitution in order to be freed from the current one launched in 1982 after a military coup is the second condition of the CHP.

The AK Party promised to establish a new constitution in the election process, offering a presidential system instead of parliamentary system, which CHP argued against before the election.

For the first time in its nearly 100-year-long history, the CHP mentioned “Kurdish Issue” as a coalition condition, claiming to continue the Resolution Process.

The AK Party government announced a peace initiative named the “Resolution Process” in the beginning of 2013, which followed on from its previous “Democratic Initiative” launched in 2012, and the PKK initially seemed responsive under the instructions of its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Economic reforms and alteration in education were the other two conditions of the CHP in recent negotiations.

On June 15, a week after the general election, the CHP announced its 14 conditions which included an article on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aiming to prevent Erdogan from giving political speeches.

Erdogan assigned Prime Minister and leader of the AK Party Ahmet Davutoglu the duty of forming the new government on July 9.

In Turkey's tense political atmosphere, an early election is seen as being more probable considering the rivalry between the opposition parties might result in a deadlock in the formation of a government.

If the parliament fails to establish a new government within 45 days following July 9, an early election will be inevitable.

TRTWorld and agencies