MHP ready to form coalition government with AKP, CHP
DHA photoThe Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has announced its readiness to form a coalition government with either the ruling or social democrat opposition party after next week’s elections in a bid to break the public’s perception of his party’s unconstructive stance in the aftermath of June 7 polls.
“I declare from now on that we are ready to form a coalition government with every party except the HDP [People’s Democratic Party],” MHP head Devlet Bahçeli said Oct. 25 in Ankara.
Bahçeli and his party were strongly criticized by both the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) for turning down their request to form an alliance in the aftermath of the June 7 elections.
“The MHP is not a naysayer party. If we say ‘no’ to something, this is because it’s not auspicious,” Bahçeli said, strongly reacting to AKP-driven arguments that the MHP’s votes were in decline in comparison with the June 7 polls.
Claiming that the MHP would become the government in the Nov. 1 polls, Bahçeli lashed out at the AKP for its tolerant policies towards terrorist organizations, namely the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
“Our national security policies have collapsed due to the irresponsible policies of the AKP. The danger is very big. We have never witnessed such a cowardly government,” he said.
Turkey has become a third-class Middle Eastern country in which terrorists are running wild under the AKP government, Bahçeli said, criticizing Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu strongly for his statement that the votes of the AKP had risen after the deadly Ankara bombing that killed 100.
“Hey, you, the unwary, the impudent, the heartless. The people are dying, the policemen, the soldiers are being martyred and you are still calculating votes. Don’t you have a conscience? Aren’t you afraid of God?” Bahçeli asked Davutoğlu.
If there is a link between the increase in the AKP votes and the Ankara attack, Bahçeli said, the instigator of this move should not be sought so far away. “In which corner of the world can the votes of the ruling party increase after so many tragedies have occurred?”