After the June 7 elections, Turkey is facing a picture that has never been seen before. This is because on June 7, no party could consolidate a majority in Parliament to form the new government on its own. Since the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which received the most votes in the elections, has failed to form a coalition government, according to the Constitution, an interim government should be formed to lead the country to elections.
Turkey is now discussing how this method, which has never before been tried, can be put in to action. The Constitution is quite clear. Every party will be represented in the election government according to the support they received in the elections. However, the Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which acted together before the elections and entered Parliament along with the AK Party, are blocking all the political processes now. MHP Chairman Devlet Bahçeli announced just after the election that his party would not take part in any coalition formula. In addition, the MHP does not even recognize the HDP as a legitimate political party because they think that the HDP is the PKK's political representative. Therefore, it is clear that the MHP will not participate in a Cabinet that has ministers from the HDP. Although the HDP previously announced that it will support an election government, the party chooses to be isolated from political equations because of its insufficient response to the PKK's terror attacks that lately have targeted civilians.
CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, on the other hand, does not even agree to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who should appoint Kılıçdaroğlu to try to form the new government. In this particular sense, the CHP refuses to take responsibility by disregarding the procedure that is required by the Constitution. Kılıçdaroğlu could not justify his hostility for Erdoğan apart from a superficial moral discourse. Whether the CHP will take part in the election government is not certain either. The party is changing its tone by the day. Last Tuesday, the party declared that if the MHP and HDP do not take part in the election government, it would not be in the Cabinet either. And since the MHP is reluctant to be in any formula that includes the HDP, this attitude of the CHP is nothing more than liking Turkey's vote for an early Christmas. The AK Party, however, clearly stated that it will work for a transition government that can lead Turkey to early elections without setting any pre-conditions.
Although the parties' positions and arguments were quite transparent in this process and everybody saw what happened, the opposition blames the AK Party and Erdoğan for the persisting political crisis whereas Erdoğan publicly urged the parties to set aside their prejudices and work together for a coalition many times. He did not interfere in the meetings in any way and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu met with party leaders to form a coalition, although the opposition parties emphasized certain red lines over and over just after the elections. Despite its problems, Turkey has the experience of a 150-year-old parliamentary system. Turkey also is the only country in the region that has the ability to elect its government democratically and this makes the country very valuable. Therefore, Turkey will overcome this crisis within the boundaries of its Constitution and by democratic means. Undoubtedly, the opposition's attitude in this process will also be noted in the annals of history because they could have technically formed a coalition government on their own. But they still place the blame on the AK Party, which worked for a coalition with the best of its efforts, and Erdoğan did not interfere in the process. It is not so difficult to guess that they may inspire future comedy writers with their actions.