Turkey’s two main parties discuss five issues over coalition

Turkey’s governing AK Party and secularist CHP discuss five critical topics on forming a coalition

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Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and secularist Republican People's’ Party (CHP) are expected to discuss five critical issues over forming a coalition government during a meeting on Tuesday.

Democratisation, foreign policy, resolution process, judicial independence and supremacy of law are the main topics for the meeting, Turkish media reports have claimed.

The main topics were identified during the first meeting on the second round of coalition talks between AK Party and CHP on Friday.

According to the reports, the two parties may reach a consensus over general topics like democratisation, new constitution and a resolution process even though they have different stances for an election threshold and security package.

The preparation of a new constitution may be one of the topics the two parties may come to an agreement on.

Both parties think the constitution should extend personal freedoms and individual rights that have been largely discussed over inefficiency with the current constitution, constructed following a military coup in 1982.

For the peace process which was initiated by AK Party in 2012 to end the decades-old conflict with the PKK, that was founded in the late 1970s by its incarcerated leader Abdullah Ocalan, the two parties have similar stances.

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

AK Party leans towards CHP’s demand of forming a committee consisting of members from all parties to follow the process.

On the other hand, the election threshold may lead a disagreement between the two parties.

CHP demands the threshold should be lowered to 3 or 5 percent of the vote, while AK Party proposes it being lowered to 7 percent.

The political parties of Turkey need to win 10 percent of the vote to enter parliament under the constitution that was established after a military coup in 1982.

In addition to an election threshold, the Domestic Security Package that was accepted at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in April may lead to a disagreement.

The Domestic Security Package is another topic both parties cannot agree on. It was accepted by the Turkish parliament to restrict the use of items such as molotov cocktails and iron bullets, which were free to use  prior to the security package and extend the authorisation of police officers in an extraordinary event.

CHP demands regulations on the package, but AK Party stands certain about its detail.

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan assigned Prime Minister and leader of AK Party Ahmet Davutoglu the duty of forming the government on July 9 that started a 45 day-period for formation of a coalition government.

If parties do not reach a consensus over the coalition before August 23, an early election will take place.

TRTWorld and agencies