Turkish nationalist party softens conditions for coalition

Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party leaves door open in making deal with governing AK Party to form coalition

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The third party in Turkey’s general election on June 7, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) softened its discourse over conditions to form a coalition with the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) which seems the most possible scenario among the parties.

A senior deputy of the MHP, Umit Ozdag, said on Thursday the legitimacy of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can not be arguable and controlling his actions is not included in their conditions.

“President Erdogan is rightful, we don’t contradict that. [Forcing Erdogan] to empty the palace [Presidency Social Complex] and move back to Cankaya [old Presidency villa] is not among our essentials,” said Ozdag to a daily Posta.

The Presidential Palace was built in October after Erdogan’s transition from head of government as prime minister to the head of state as president and has been criticised for its costs to its so-called “golden toilets” especially by the main opposition secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP).

The presidency sent a letter last month to head of the CHP, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, saying “We kindly invite CHP leader Kilicdaroglu upon the instruction of the president to the presidential palace to conduct an inspection concerning the claims he made to the various media organs regarding the presence of gold or gold-plated toilets.”

The MHP officials appear being ready to forget the polemics mostly over Erdogan’s presidential politics during the election period and declare that they don’t have red lines.

On the other hand, the CHP continues to made statement over possible coalition scenarios which it is disposed to assume to leading role and exclude the AK Party from governing.

Kilicdaroglu said that he considers a coalition between AK Party and CHP is not quite possible, while he recently showed his wish to be the prime minister.

“I personally see weak the AK Party-CHP coalition,” he said answering the questions of the press on Thursday after the meeting of his party.

Erdogan mentioned on Wednesday his wish to see a coalition as soon as possible to govern the country.

“We all together follow the ones who crow in order to ‘Turkey became hard up’ with the election results. We are aware of their pleasure in their gestures, who consider their own benefits above the benefits of the country. I hope we will frustrate once again those along with forming the new government or renewing the elections,” said Erdogan in the iftar meal with village headmen at the Presidential Palace.

The leader of AK Party and the Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated on Thursday in his party’s iftar meal that his party will negotiate with all the leaders of parties participated in Turkish parliament.

“We never close the door to them [oppositon parties], as like we never close to our citizens. I believe that we can form a government that will manage stably and thoughtfully through that fire circle, if they [opposition parties] approach us with the same good intention, sincerity and honesty when they will entertain us,” he said.

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