Former Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy chairman and current deputy prime minister on the interim election cabinet, Tuğrul Türkeş, predicted on Monday that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will receive support from the MHP's voter base in the Nov. 1 early elections. Following the June 7 elections, Turkey experienced a critical round of unfruitful coalition talks, which included MHP Chairman Devlet Bahçeli opposing every proposal put forward for which he has received mounting criticism from within his party.
In an interview with a local newspaper, Türkeş further said that the failure in forming a coalition government has caused MHP supporters to move toward the AK Party. Commenting further on the coalition talks, Türkeş said: "While the Peoples' Democratic Party [HDP] tried to push the AK Party into a coalition that they could control them in, the CHP did not focus on the content of the talks, but rather what the title of the talks would be." Urging citizens to go to ballots, Türkeş also asked people to not force the formation of a coalition government and give one more chance to the AK Party, of which he is now a member, for four more years as a single-party government.Bahçeli claimed in a television interview that there is the possibility of a fifth political party emerging from the AK Party after the Nov. 1 elections. In a response, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the claim is "only Bahçeli's fantasies." Davutoğlu also added: "They [the MHP and Bahçeli] are only trying to cover up the disputes within their party and aiming to distract attention elsewhere." Also responding to Bahçeli's claim, Türkeş said: "No political party or their leaders, other than Bahçeli, are aware of such a party emerging. Thus, it should be asked of Bahçeli since he is the only one speaking of this, whether he is establishing the party or where he stands in this project."
Davutoğlu formed an interim government after the failure of coalition negotiations following the June 7 elections and invited Türkeş to take part in the cabinet. Following his decision to take part in the interim government, Türkeş was referred to the MHP disciplinary committee and was expelled. Although the MHP administrative board harshly criticized Türkeş for his decision, he said in the interview that the party's base, organizations and politicians from his father, Alparslan Türkeş's era, the founder of the MHP, have shown great support for his decision and said those not aiming to rule and who worried about their posts are harming the party. Regarding the AK Party voter base, Türkeş said it is no different to the MHP's and that the AK Party and MHP's base stand on the same ground. It was also predicted prior to the Supreme Election Board's (YSK) limited election ban on publishing surveys that a portion of the MHP voter base plans to vote for the AK Party in the upcoming elections.
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