MHP deputies' remarks signal coalition with AK Party

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 19.06.2015 22:30

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which narrowed down the options of a government as it did not lean toward either a coalition involving the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) or external support from the party to form a minority government, is purportedly softening its stance toward the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), taking into consideration recent remarks from two MHP deputies, giving a green light to an alliance with the AK Party on certain terms.

MHP Group Deputy Chairman Yusuf Halaçoğlu said on Thursday that his party has revealed its conditions for a partnership with a party and that it was out of the question that they concede them. He highlighted ending the reconciliation process the government has been pursuing with the PKK to end the Kurdish question, and also said that his party stipulates fighting corruption for an alliance. Another demand that MHP will not make concessions on Halaçoğlu said is making sure President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan remains within the boundaries of the Constitution during his service.

"Amid these principles, if the AK Party wants to form a coalition with us, of course we will negotiate with them," Halaçoğlu said.

The MHP has been obstructing the process of forming a government since the election results became clear. It revealed that it did not favor a coalition with the AK Party and that it will not be part of a plan that involves the HDP. This attitude, which left only a few options available, now seems to be shifting its rigid stance toward the AK Party.

Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu recently announced his party's conditions for a coalition at a press conference. He said that he preferred a coalition formed with the opposition parties, but shortly after the announcement, MHP Chairman Devlet Bahçeli dashed his hopes and said it was only empty talk. Following the remarks, Kılıçdaroğlu said his party will consider other options, too, such as forming an alliance with the AK Party, as without the MHP, the CHP and the HDP do not have sufficient seats to form a coalition government.

MHP Vice Chairman Mevlüt Karakaya also hinted at an AK Party-MHP coalition on Thursday, saying that there can be no coalition government without the AK Party.

Speaking to the BBC Turkish service, Karakaya said: "Election results showed that the Turkish people elected 258 deputies from the AK Party and gave the message to the AK Party that 'you will not be in charge by yourself anymore.' "

Reiterating that his party will not be a part of any coalition with the HDP, Karakaya said that ending the reconciliation process and the president remaining above party politics will be the essential conditions for the MHP to be in a coalition government with the AK Party.

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