Turkish PM calls to ‘unclench fists’ to form coalition

Turkish prime minister and leader of governing AK Party calls opposition parties to ‘unclench fists’ to negotiate coalition

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) said on Tuesday that the coalition parties should gather to negotiate a coalition, putting away revanchist reactions.

Speaking at his party’s group meeting, Davutoglu pointed out the importance of “burying axes” and being ready to discuss a road to launch a coalition.

“As our first call, those who aim to build a coalition with us should unclench their fists, bury their arms, axes. It’s not possible to handshake with a fist. Unclench your fist, let us discuss the future of this county,” he said.

Turkey’s general election on June 7 led political parties to try reaching an agreement on self-conditions over forming a coalition as soon as possible and deputies are offering several solution scenarios.

“Our nation made us the first party and gave us the responsibility. We never run away from responsibilities. If you desire to settle, we are ready for this. If you desire to write off the debts, we are also ready for this,” added Davutoglu.

Unofficial results indicate that the AK Party which has held a single party government in Turkey for the past three terms, won 40.87 percent of the votes.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) imposed conditions on Monday desiring an alternately prime ministry which led the general manager Kemal Kılıcdaroglu to be prime minister for a while.

The AK Party wing commented the CHP’s desire as absurd under conditions that the CHP secured its place in the parliament  with 24.95 percent of the vote in the election and took 132 seats.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) took 16.29 percent of the vote and secured 80 seats, while the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (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.

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, an early election will be inevitable.

TRTWorld and agencies