MHP leader suggests AKP-CHP coalition is ‘best option’
Ahmet Hakan – ANKARAThe best option for forming a new government in Turkey is a coalition between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli said on July 7.
Bahçeli claimed that a coalition government between the country’s two largest parties would help solve the deep polarization in Turkish society.
“We will tell [Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu] that as the AKP is not able to form a one-party government, a coalition should be formed so the polarization of society can come to an end. The best coalition model for this is an AKP-CHP coalition. We will tell them to put that model into practice,” the MHP leader told daily Hürriyet, speaking ahead of a meeting with Davutoğlu due to be held later this week.
Bahçeli said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had deliberately polarized Turkey socially in order to win votes for the AKP, adding that the most important problem of today’s Turkey was social division, which could only be eased by an AKP-CHP coalition.
“We said [this] on the election night of June 7. We intend to be the main opposition. If [an AKP-CHP] coalition model comes out of the talks then we will support all practices that are in the country’s interests. We will oppose all practices that are not in the interests of Turkey. We would be a substantial opposition [party],” he said.
The MHP head also said he would tell Davutoğlu that the Dec. 17 – 25 corruption investigations are still a major issue and his party will refuse to take any part in the Kurdish peace process.