Turkey's CHP gives leader authority to form coalition gov't

Republican People's Party leader Kilicdaroglu to meet AK Party's Davutoglu on Thursday

Turkey's CHP gives leader authority to form coalition gov't

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Turkey's Republican People's Party (CHP) gave Wednesday its leader the authorization to form - or not -  a coalition with the Justice and Development (AK) Party in the final discussions to be held on Thursday.

Deputy chairman Ozgur Ozel said in a press conference at the party headquarters in Ankara on Wednesday the party had given the head of the party Kemal Kilicdaroglu full authorization to form a coalition.

"The CHP leader will be there to form a government with his goodwill and self-sacrifice [Thursday]," he said. "Our party thinks that it has made the biggest self-sacrifice to bring the coalition talks to this level with a party that has been managing the country for 13 years [in a manner which we oppose]," he said, adding that it remained to be seen whether AK Party would make a sacrifice for Turkey.

"Tomorrow we will come to the table with the request for a four-year government," Ozel stated.

Since the June 7 general election, after the first-placed AK Party lost its majority in parliament, four parties have been negotiating over a possible coalition government, with the focus being on a deal between the two largest groups: the AK Party and the CHP.

Following a series of exploratory talks between both sides, mainly over foreign policy, education and the economy, AK Party leader Ahmet Davutoglu, also prime minister  and CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu met on Monday.

The pair are set to meet once again on Thursday for a final discussion to decide on a coalition. If an Aug. 23 deadline expires without the formation of a coalition government, Turkey will hold new parliamentary elections by the end of the year.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Ağustos 2015, 08:59