Turkish opposition parties signal coalition likely this time

Turkey’s opposition parties express willingness towards forming coalition after Nov. 1 election

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

An archieved image of Turkish parliament seen in this file photo.

The leaders of Turkey’s opposition in recent comments said that a coalition government must be formed this time after early elections on November 1.

The political parties failed to form a coalition government after the June 7 election.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas said that a coalition government would allow the country to remain calm in a breakfast meeting with party members in Istanbul’s Kucukcekmece district on Thursday.

"Let's see the country governed by a coalition, let the country rest," Demirtas said, noting that a coalition government could create a positive atmosphere for the country.

The HDP co-chair accused the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) of not being able to let go of the government.

Following the June 7 election Turkey's political parties were not able to settle differences and meet on common ground despite calls from the AK Party to form a coalition government.

The HDP entered the parliament as a party for the first time on June 7 after winning 13 percent of the vote, overcoming the ten percent electoral threshold.

In the course of the four month period proceeding the upcoming early election, which is required by the Constitution as the parties failed to form a coalition government, Turkey has come under numerous terror attacks from both PKK terrorists and ISIS.

In PKK terror attacks, 148 security officers have been “martyred” and over 30 civilians have been killed after the PKK's umbrella organisation the KCK unilaterally ended an over two years long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened the country with attacks.

Several security officers on duty near Turkey’s Syria border have also been killed by ISIS while nearly 150 people have been killed by ISIS suicide bombings in Sanliurfa’s Suruc district on July 20 and in the capital Ankara on Oct. 10.

Speaking at a television program on Thursday, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli also noted that "Turkey cannot bear another election."

"The November 1 election could lead to birth of a fifth party in the parliament," Bahceli said.

"The country experienced four different elections in a period of 20 months. This is a burden for Turkey and people are tired of it while the parties are also exhausted."

When asked if the MHP would form a coalition government with the AK Party, Bahceli said, "It is not possible for the MHP to retreat from the four conditions we put forward for forming a governing coalition. One of these is respecting the first three articles of the Constitution."

The other three conditions he listed as ending the Kurdish-Turkish peace process, bringing those allegedly involved in a Dec. 17-25 2013 corruption case to justice, and exercising presidential powers within constitutional limits.

"We are willing to form a coalition government with any party that accepts these conditions except the HDP," he added.

The main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu also said following a recent meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that the CHP is willing to take part in any four year coalition government.

Turkey’s 26th parliamentary elections will be held on Nov. 1.


TRTWorld and agencies