Turkish business groups call on political leaders to form coalition gov’t as soon as possible
CİHAN PhotoA number of business organizations continued their contacts with Turkey’s political parties at parliament on June 17, calling on them to form a coalition government as soon as possible.
Republican People’s Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu hosted a delegation of executives of members of the EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee, led by the head of Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) and a delegation from the Independent Industry and Business Association (MÜSİAD).
TOBB President Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu reiterated their expectation for the urgent formation of a government, while also highlighting the importance of a “conciliation culture” and dialogue throughout this process.
Citing the economic and political turmoil in Turkey’s region, Hisarcıklıoğlu stressed that a new government should start work as soon as possible in order to be ready to take necessary measures.
He also underlined that the results of the election gave the message for “reconciliation.”
Hisarcıklıoğlu warned that any early election would only make Turkey lose more time and would not bring a solution to structural problems in Turkey. He said the forming of a coalition government would not only prevent additional risks derived from global economy, but it could lead to a much-needed culture of reconciliation.
MÜSİAD head Nail Olpak also called on the four political parties represented at parliament to form a coalition government as soon as possible. Olpak said they took the strong representation of four parties at parliament seriously, adding that a coalition government could together change the constitution.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu hosted delegations from the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) and MÜSİAD.
TÜSİAD chair Cansen Başaran Symes said their meeting with the prime minister was “positive,” adding that they had reiterated the same messages they had previously given to other parties about the need to form a coalition government.
HDP co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ also hosted delegations from both TÜSİAD and MÜSİAD in Ankara.