Turkish opposition wary of early parliamentary election

Turkish opposition wary of early parliamentary election

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 9

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will begin negotiations with the parties to be represented in the parliament this week. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially given a commission to prime minister to form it.

After the announcement of the results of the parliamentary election, the president said that he respects the choice of people and here a question arises. Why is the president delaying an official order to form the government?

There are a number of reasons, one is the president's tactics.

One month passed after the parliamentary election in Turkey. This was enough time for the Justice and Development Party to recover after the election results which took the party by surprise. Even Prime Minister Davutoglu repeatedly urged the party members not to lose heart and to continue political activity.

Earlier the formation of the government was the number one topic among media outlets, as well as all political circles. But today there are more important issues. The establishment of the security zones in Syria and the growing tension with China over the situation with the Turkic Uighurs, are among these issues.

Moreover, during the past 31 days, Turkish political parties, which previously refused any dialogue with the Justice and Developing Party relying on their temporary success, completely changed tactics to form a coalition government.

For example, in the voting for the parliament speaker, the Nationalist Movement Party voted for Ismet Yilmaz, the candidate of the Justice and Development Party.

However, following this, Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party opposed a coalition with the Justice and Development Party.

Refusing to form a coalition government with the Justice and Development Party will lead to a serious split in the party. Moreover, it is not ruled out that if the country holds an early parliamentary election, part of the supporters of the Nationalist Movement Party will vote namely for the Justice and Development Party. It is a real success of the AKP, since ideologically, namely the AKP is the closest party to the MHP among other parties represented in the parliament.

By the way, previously, some of the MHP supporters have repeatedly voted for the AKP.

In the past two days, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has hinted that the country should prepare for an early parliamentary election.

While the Justice and Development Party makes every effort to form a coalition government, if these efforts bring no result, the country will need to prepare for the early parliamentary election, according to Davutoglu.

In fact, assessing the current situation in Turkey, everything points to the fact that an early election in the country will be inevitable.

It's interesting that as soon as Davutoglu gave the signal for early parliamentary election, on the same day, the Republican People's Party (CHP) appealed to the parliament of the country to reduce the entry barrier in the parliamentary election from 10 to 5 percent.

Although the party explains it by the fact that the10 percent barrier is an obstacle to representing people in parliament of the country, in fact it is not so. It is clear that the 10 percent barrier is not an obstacle for the CHP, but it is a real danger to the other parties, especially to the MHP and partly to the HDP.

Despite the fact that the MHP, CHP and HDP parties are ideological enemies, all of them have the same goal - to prevent the AKP from forming the government alone.

This speaks to the fact that Turkey's opposition is aware of its defeat and that's why it fears an early election.

Edited by CN


Rufiz Hafizoglu is the head of Trend Agency's Arabic news service, follow him on Twitter: @rhafizoglu

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