Does Turkey need new opposition?
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 4
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The main reason for the Justice and Development Party's victory in the re-run parliamentary election in Turkey is the lack of a strong opposition in the country.
Even Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that there is no strong opposition in Turkey.
Before the re-run parliamentary election in Turkey, almost all opposition leaders expressed their willingness to resign in case of defeat in the election.
But, as we see today, this has not happened.
This means that sooner or later Turkish opposition parties will have to change their domestic policy.
Today, Umut Oran, the former MP from the Republican People's Party, called the leader of the Republican People's Party for holding an emergency meeting to set the date of the election of a new head of the party.
Moreover, Oran put forward his candidacy for this post.
The Republican People's Party has not yet set the date for the election of a new leader of the party. But this shows that the republicans, as well as the nationalists are on the verge of a split.
Moreover, earlier, Devlet Bahceli, head of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) held a one-on-one meeting with President Erdogan which caused discontent among the MHP members.
We can assume that after this meeting with Erdogan, Bahceli will completely lose credibility in this party.
Bahceli has been heading the Nationalist Movement Party since 1997 which is one of the main reasons weakening the party.
Moreover, some MHP members have started to claim for Bahceli's position. Former Turkish MP Sinan Ogan and former interior minister Meral Aksener are among them. Both of them were earlier excluded from the party.
Undoubtedly, in the case of holding election for a new MHP leader, Ogan and Aksener can run for his post. The internal party election will be held in 2017.
However, the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is unlikely to become the main opposition force like MHP and CHP in Turkey.
All this suggests that Turkey needs new strong opposition, but it won't emerge in the country in coming years.
Rufiz Hafizoglu is the head of Trend Agency's Arabic news service, follow him on Twitter: @rhafizoglu