Early election in Turkey most likely means new coalition government - analyst

Early election in Turkey most likely means new coalition government - analyst

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 15

By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

Early election in Turkey, which will be held on Nov. 1 will most likely result in creation of new coalition government, Senior Policy Advisor at the European Foundation for Democracy and senior analyst on Turkey Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek believes.

Seyrek said in an interview with Trend that Justice and Development Party (AKP) will continue to be the biggest party, which is aiming to regain a majority in the parliament in order to form a single party government.

"However, according to polls, results will not be very different from the June election. A coalition government seems to be the most likely scenario," he said.

The expert noted that considering the situation in Turkey, parties will need to try harder and form a coalition government.

"The most likely scenario is still a grand coalition between AKP and CHP (Republican People's Party)," Seyrek said.

He noted that major differences between Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and People's Democratic Party (HDP) create a huge obstacle for other coalition options.

"However, I do not rule out other options including the ones with a minority government," the expert noted.

Because of the highly polarized political scene in Turkey it is difficult to expect a stable long-term coalition government, Seyrek said.

However a coalition government with a clear agenda has a potential to change the current situation and bring back political, economic and social stability to Turkey, according to the expert.

Turkey held parliamentary election June 7, with participation of 20 political parties.

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the election, but lost the parliamentary majority and couldn't form a government alone for the first time since 2002. Turkish president instructed the AKP leader and acting Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form the cabinet of ministers July 9. The prime minister held talks with leaders of the three parliamentary parties, but couldn't reach an agreement.

Afterwards, Turkish prime minister said Turkey will repeatedly hold parliamentary election. Turkey will hold early parliamentary election on Nov.1, involving 29 political parties. Over 75 million people will take part in the voting.

Edited by T.T.

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