Turkish opposition leaders quarrel over coalition comments

Turkish Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli criticises secularist Republican People’s Party which offered him post of prime minister, accusing them of having secret agenda with governing AK Party

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli questioned the motives of secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who had offered  Bahceli the position of prime minister in the event of a coalition deal, claiming that the CHP acted out of a secret agenda involving the creation of a coalition with the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

Speaking at a party meeting in parliament on Wednesday, Bahceli said Kilicdaroglu set a trap for his party by the offering of prime ministry.

“Mr. Kilicdaroglu offered me the prime ministry, mentioned a 60 percent block [as an election result] trying to bring us together with the HDP [pro-Kurdish party]. I asked him, from whom and how has Mr. Kilicdaroglu obtained the authority of giving me the prime ministry? How could he offer a mandate which the nation didn’t give us,” Bahceli said.

The MHP took 16.29 percent of the vote and secured 80 seats as the third party in the June 7 general elections, while the CHP secured its place as the second party in the parliament with 24.95 percent of the vote, taking 132 seats.

Bahceli claimed that the CHP has a secret agenda which leads to block all dealing possibilities except the AK Party.

“The olive branches that were offered mutually began breaking the ice between the AK Party and CHP, and it sped up the clandestine negotiations. The CHP leader paved the way by cancelling the government options except AK Party. It is a matter of time establishing an AK Party – CHP coalition,” he stated.

Furthermore, Bahceli slammed the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and accused them with being a “device” of the outlawed PKK.

“MHP and the HDP will not come together under any circumstances. MHP will have no business with the device of PKK,” added Bahceli.

On the other side, the HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas accused the MHP of blocking all coalition possibilities except with the AK Party and supporting AK Party secretly in order to come into power once again.

“If you pay attention, they are abolishing all coalition possibilities without the AK Party, under the name of ‘ HDP hate’ or ‘ HDP opposition’. They paved the way for AK Party. MHP serves a secret support to make dominated AK Party on the country once again,” said Demirtas on Wednesday at his party’s headquarter.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called political parties again to form a coalition as soon as possible and seemed to put an early election possibility aside for a while by saying that a minority government is not the solution.

Speaking at an iftar meal in the presidential palace on Tuesday, Erdogan said the political parties face a test to deal with each other and find a solution.

“Today, our political parties in the parliament are face to face with a test. I believe that those who pass this exam will be rewarded by our nation. A minority government can not be a solution to the problems of Turkey,” stated Erdogan.

If the parliament, composed of four political parties,  fails to establish a new government within 45 days following June 7 general election, an early election will be inevitable.

TRTWorld and agencies