Expert: Turkish left parties to unite against ruling party

Politics Materials 7 June 2011 18:31 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 7 / Trend A. Tagiyeva /

The left parties, without any hope to gain seats in the Parliament, are grouped with the Republican People's Party (CHP) for the CHP to represent its interests in the parliament in the future, Turkish political analyst Zahid Gul said.

"The rapprochement, recently observed between the CHP and several other left parties, aims to create a coalition against the Justice and Development Party," Gul told Trend over phone from Istanbul.

He said that the CHP can hope for 15 percent of votes without these parties' support, but it can get 25-30 percent of votes with these parties' support.

The same refers to the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which gained the support of the right-wing parties.

"Those, who wanted to vote, for example, for the "Saadat" party, realizing the futility of this party, will vote for the AKP," he added.

Parliamentary elections in Turkey are scheduled for June 12. Erdogan's party has been in power in Turkey since November 2002. At the last parliamentary elections held in June 2007, it gained about 47 percent of the votes and formed a single-party government.

Gul also thinks that the Justice and Development Party will win the parliamentary elections and form the government.

"The AKP's victory in the elections is clear. It can hope for 40-47 percent of votes," Gul said.

He said that there is more tension among members of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), as the MHP is likely to fail to get 10 percent of votes required for participation in the parliament.

"A number of scandals, associated with the party members, have weakened the authority of the MHP," Gul said.

He said that there is a split within the party. Some party members call for the resignation of Chairman Devlet Bahceli, whereas the other part, on the contrary, supports him.