Turkish dailies on Thursday cover ongoing negotiations between political parties over possible coalition scenarios


World Bulletin / News Desk 

Most Turkish dailies reported on Thursday about ongoing negotiations between the country’s political parties over possible coalition scenarios in the wake of 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 won enough votes to enter parliament for the first time.

The AK Party is open to every type of scenario for a coalition, AKSAM said, quoting Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who was speaking late Wednesday in a live interview on state broadcaster TRT.

AKSAM reported that Davutoglu ruled out any "red lines" while searching for a coalition partner, but said his party has its own political and moral principles.

The PM explained his preference to do his best and sincerely negotiate with all three parties on how to form the new government, the daily said.

"Public did not authorize [us for presidential system]" was HURRIYET's headline, quoting Davutoglu.

"We wanted to adopt presidential system, but the public did not want a change," the paper quoted the PM.

Turkey is currently governed under the parliamentary system.

In the general election, the AK Party received 41 percent of the vote and the highest number of seats. The party, however, does not have majority in parliament which, otherwise, would have paved the way for a change in the constitution for a presidential system.

Davutoglu said that the will of the nation is “beyond argument,” YENI SAFAK reported.

The paper quoted Davutoglu saying: "The Turkish people said ‘we continue to confer the main responsibility over our future to the AK Party to form a government.’”

"Expectation for AK Party-CHP [coalition]," was HABER TURK's headline. The paper said the business world wants a "grand coalition" of AK Party and CHP.

The paper interviewed several high-level business leaders.

These include Cansen Basaran Symes of Turkey’s major business association TUSIAD, as well as Mehmet Buyukeksi, president of the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly.

YENI SAFAK said CHP "left AK Party some leeway" for a two-party coalition. The paper quoted CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu saying the country should not be left with an interim government.

Creating a consensus should be our focus, not the ‘red lines’, he said.

The paper also claimed that the MHP faces strong demands from its supporters and some pro-MHP businessmen to form a coalition with the AK Party. However, the MHP is not close to such a coalition, the paper said.

Party members have repeatedly voiced their own 'red line' -- opposition to the ‘solution process’, an initiative started by the AK Party government to end the decades-old Kurdish conflict.

The MHP suggested the pro-Kurdish HDP and AK Party make such a coalition.

STAR also covered a showdown between HDP and MHP party members.

MHP's parliamentary group deputy chairman Yusuf Halacoglu closed the doors completely on any type of coalition which includes HDP support, the paper reported.

"It is out of question that we accept the support of a party which cannot stay away from a terror group," the paper quoted Halacoglu as saying.

HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas, in return, said: "The MHP will only be honored if they can stay together with us."

If no coalition appears and no government emerges within 45 days, Turkey could have to go for an early election.

In other news, dailies also covered a meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Deniz Baykal, a former leader of the CHP and a newly elected MP of the same party.

The meeting came as a sudden one as it was decided in the morning at the president's request Baykal said, speaking to journalists after the Ankara talks.

"President is open to any coalition formula," was SABAH’s headline, quoting former the CHP leader, who said:

"I saw that Erdogan is open to any coalition formula. I gladly saw that he has no objections to opposition parties forming a coalition among themselves."

During the two-hour-plus meeting Erdogan told Baykal that the most significant criteria for a coalition is "to maintain stability in Turkey," AKSAM said.

Baykal in return said that an early election "is not a preferred solution," MILLIYET reported. He later went to CHP headquarters to brief party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

According to VATAN, the meeting between Erdogan and Baykal had positive effects on the markets; Borsa Istanbul stocks increased two percent.

Meanwhile, Baykal – at age 76, the oldest member of the Turkish parliament – will preside over the assembly until another speaker is elected, the paper reported.

In economic news, financial paper DUNYA reports that Turkey's first factory to make microchips started production after seven years of preparation.

The factory was among "vitally significant facilities for the national security of the U.S." according to WikiLeaks documents quoted by the paper.

The facility in Bursa, western Turkey – ‘Ermaksan’ – has seen a 30-million-euro ($33.7 million) investment for the microchip project. It will start mass production at the end of the year, the paper reported.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Haziran 2015, 12:01