A deputy to the Turkish prime minister has said political parties in Turkey would be sought to receive minimum ten percent of the votes for the upcoming general elections July next year to obtain seats at the parliament.
"We could make a theoretical discussion somewhere else but July 2011 elections will be held with a 10 percent threshold," Cemil Cicek told Friday a televised interview on private news channel, Haberturk.
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has recently submitted to the Turkish parliament a bill to lower the election threshold to seven percent from 10 percent.
Cicek said the latest general elections of 2007 produced a parliament that represented the political will of 85 percent of the voters.
"While it is true that the parliament should represent the greatest possible number of people, but the parliament must also produce a functioning government," Cicek said.
"A country that needs to face so many vital problems and to make fundamental reforms cannot afford five-party coalition governments," he said.
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