Survey: AK Party-CHP coalition will harm both parties

MERVE AYDOĞAN @mgulaydogan
Published 30.06.2015 19:12
Updated 30.06.2015 19:13

It has been more than three weeks since the June 7 general elections and Turkey's agenda is occupied by discussions over political parties present in Parliament forming a new coalition government. Although a recently conducted survey by the research company ANDY-AR has found that a coalition government formed between the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is more desirable, MHP Deputy Koray Aydın, who is his party's candidate for Parliament speaker, said a coalition between the AK Party and the Republican People's Party (CHP) is preferable. In this regard, a recent survey released by ANDY-AR polling company found that participants thought a CHP-AK Party coalition would harm both parties.

The ANDY-AR poll found that 46 percent of AK Party supporters surveyed and nearly 40 percent of CHP supporters, believe that an AK Party-CHP coalition would weaken both parties. Though strong indications from Ankara signal that a coalition between the CHP and AK Party will be formed, CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has recently said a coalition with the party is a "low possibility." Additionally, in an interview with Al-Jazeera, Aydın said: "As both the AK Party and CHP aim to become the ruling government, a coalition government between the two is destined to be." He further said that such a coalition government would not last too long. Even though the AK Party vice chairman and spokesman, Beşir Atalay, said on a live TV program Monday that the party's base supports an AK Party-MHP coalition, Aydın said that such coalition between the MHP and AK Party would only happen if the AK Party also agrees to halt the reconciliation process.

The participants in the ANDY-AR survey further indicated that a coalition formed by the 60 percent non-AK Party bloc would harm both the CHP and MHP and 70 percent of the participants thought that such coalition would not succeed. ANDY-AR President Faruk Acar said that whoever stays out of coalition negotiations will lose and likely experience a great drop in votes. In this regard, despite Kılıçdaroğlu's remarks that he considered the odds low for an AK Party-CHP coalition, interim Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has repeated several times that the party is open to negotiations with all parties. In accordance with Davutoğlu's remarks, CHP Deputy Deniz Baykal's candidacy for Parliament speaker has been deemed as an indicator of an AK Party-CHP coalition, and Baykal supported the claim saying his becoming Parliament speaker could pave the way for the partnership.

Though the survey respondents believe a coalition between the CHP and the AK Party would not benefit either party, the survey found that respondents expect the coalition government to address economic problems foremost and then successfully finalize the reconciliation process. Aydın added that an AK Party-CHP coalition will not establish significant developments in the reconciliation process and indicated that a snap election would be likely.

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