Turkish PM offers ministries to opposition parties

Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu announces his ministry offers to deputies of opposition parties in regard to voting rages

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Bodyguard of PM gives offer letters to postman

Turkish Prime Minister and leader of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu sent the offers of ministries in a temporary government to the deputies of opposition parties on Wednesday in regard to voting rages.

According to the electoral law, the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) was offered five ministries, while three ministries were proposed to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) as well as to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

Davutoglu offered ministries to Antalya deputy and the former chair of CHP Deniz Baykal, Istanbul deputies Erdogan Toprak and Ilhan Kesici, and Ankara deputies Ayse Gulsun Bilgehan Toker and Tekin Bingol from the CHP.

The responses of the CHP deputies have not been reported yet.

For MHP, Ankara deputy and the son of former chair and the party founder Tugrul Turkes, Izmir deputy Kenan Tanrikulu and Istanbul deputy Meral Aksener were received the ministry offers.

MHP deputy Turkes accepts ministry offer

Tugrul Turkes reportedly accepted the offer, while Aksener and Tanrikulu refused, according to Turkish media.

Tanrikulu also resigned from his party saying “As a reaction to the daring of making such an offer to the deputy chair of the essential and esteemed Nationalist Movement Party that has a 46-year-long history, I have resigned from my party as of now.”

Turkes was referred to diciplinary board of the party after he accepted Davutoglu's offer.

Meanwhile, Davutoglu sent the offer to the former member of Labour Party (EMEP) Levent Tuzel, the former member of Social Democratic Populist Party (SHP) Ali Haydar Konca, and the head of the Alevi Pir Sultan Abdal Association, who are the deputies of the HDP at the present.

It’s been expected for HDP deputies to accept the ministry offers, according to the media.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a mandate to Davutoglu to form a new government on July 9, starting a 45-day period during which coalition negotiations must take place. The parties didn’t agree in conditions to form a coalition. According to the Constitution of Turkey, if an agreement to form a government cannot be reached within this period then an early election must take place.

The Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) set Nov. 1 as the date of an early election on Thursday. Davutoglu now was tasked with forming a temporary coalition which would govern the country until the election.

TRTWorld and agencies