TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JUNE 10

Turkish dailies on Wednesday heavily cover possible coalition scenarios

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JUNE 10

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Turkish dailies reported on possible coalition scenarios after Sunday’s general election.

Four parties are involved: the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party; the second-placed Republican People’s Party (CHP); the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP); and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which will enter parliament for the first time.

HURRIYET says parties began to send up a "trial balloon" to each other to see coalition possibilities before making a decision.

The CHP is evaluating a three-party coalition with the MHP and HDP, the paper claims, adding there are also some contacts between the nationalists and the AK Party for a two-party coalition.

The paper quotes HDP co-leader Demirtas: "We are clear on that we will not be in a coalition with the AK Party."

On Sunday’s election, the AK Party, which came to power in 2002, came first to secure 41 percent of the vote, claiming 258 seats in the Grand National Assembly, 18 short of a parliamentary majority.

The Republican People's Party (CHP) placed second, getting 132 seats with 24.96 percent while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) claimed 80 seats in the Grand National Assembly by receiving 16.29 percent of the vote. The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) passed the 10 percent threshold with 13.12 percent of the vote to take 80 seats, marking the first time it will enter the parliament as a party.

"We should remain in power," was MILLIYET’s headline, referring to AK Party members who, the paper says, mostly believe that the election results showed the public's desire to see it as the ruling group once more.

AK Party members do not want to continue as an opposition party, just 18 short of a simple majority needed to form a government, the paper says.

Some high-profile members of the AK Party also have suggested that a coalition government was the more likely scenario rather than an early election.

There are two tendencies in the MHP, MILLIYET says. One group wants their party to form a coalition government with AK Party, while the other one thinks MHP should stay away from any coalition and act as an opposition.

For CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, an early election is a “waste of time” and, the paper says, claiming the first option for the CHP is a coalition with MHP.

VATAN says there are "red lines of each party" for a possible coalition.

The paper quotes four senior figures from each party. AK Party Group Chairman Mahir Unal said:

"We will practice our plans in economy; we will not allow any discussion over the legitimacy of our president [Erdogan]; and the fight will continue against ‘parallel state’.

Parallel state is the name given to a purported group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials embedded in Turkey’s institutions, who are allegedly trying to undermine the government.

VATAN also quotes CHP Vice Chairman Haluk Koc saying coalition with AK Party is out of the question. CHP can form a government with the other two parties HDP and MHP, the paper says.

The red line for MHP is the ‘solution process’ -- an initiative started by the AK Party government to end the decades-old Kurdish conflict. The party wants to reverse the process, the paper says.

HDP suggested a coalition between AK Party and CHP, the paper says, quoting the co- Demirtas, who ruled out a HDP-AK Party coalition.

"Priority is to form a government," was YENI SAFAK’s headline, claiming the AK Party will be open to all coalition formulas to protect the country from instability.

The first option for the AK Party is to form a coalition with the MHP, the daily says, claiming CHP is "afraid of an early election" because the party saw a decrease in its vote.

Turkey could face fresh elections if no government emerges within 45 days.

HABERTURK writes that the business world wants a "grand coalition" of AK Party and CHP, which seems "out of the question" for the opposition.

A coalition of AK Party and MHP is only possible if the 'solution process' is stopped, the paper claims, adding that the HDP already opposed any coalition including AK Party.

Dailies also report that Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu met Wednesday with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and submitted the Turkish cabinet's resignation.

STAR says Erdogan procedurally accepted the resignation but asked Davutoglu to be on duty until the new government is formed.

In economic news, financial paper DUNYA says the coalition scenarios will influence the interest rate as well the Turkish stock exchange -- Borsa Istanbul -- and poses risks for Turkish lira assets. The paper says the business world is looking forward to a government as soon as possible.

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