Turkey still without a government

Turkey still without a government

Ankara, June 24, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

Fermentations… with an eye at elections

Ocalan’s niece in the Secretariat of the Presidency of the Parliament

By Manolis Kostidis

For the first time since the elections of June 7, the Turkish Parliament opened its doors for the inauguration of the 550 MPs, while fermentations for the formation of the new government climax.

A first indication of a possible cooperation of the parties might be given during the process of the election of the House Speaker, the first round of which will be held on June 29. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made it clear that he will not give a government mandate to anyone before the election of the Parliament’s President.

According to the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) will propose as candidate for the presidency of the National Assembly the former party chairman Deniz Baykal. On subsequent rounds it is likely this nomination to get the support of and the Justice and Development Party (AKP), as the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a meeting with Baykal, in the context of his post-election political contacts. The meeting of the two men had caused reactions within the CHP. Baykal, as president of the CHP in 2003, had supported the AKP in passing a provision to the Parliament, which provided for the lifting of the ban on the political activity of Erdoğan.

“After the HDP has said it will work with the AKP and the MHP has stated it wants to remain in the opposition, there are two possibilities. AKP-CHP cooperation or elections”, says the experienced political analyst of Hürriyet, Taha Akyol.

The columnist of the website Radikal, Murat Yetkin, argues that “in a possible coalition, the CHP will claim from the AKP the foreign ministry and there will be a big change in the politics of the Middle East and especially the issue of Syria”.

The pro-Kurdish party HDP, proposed for President of the Parliament, the Kurdish party MP Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat, who was one of the co-founders of the AKP in 2001. Firat left the party last year as he argued that it “has turned into corruption creation mechanism”.

An important detail in the inauguration of the MPs is that among the youngest parliamentarians in the Secretariat is the 28-year old Dilek Öcalan, niece of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.

In the Turkish press circulate cooperation scenarios between the AKP with the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), although until now the president of the Party Devlet Bahçeli has rejected this possibility. However, in the background there is information that if the Nationalists got the Foreign, Interior and Finance Ministries would be willing to discuss the possibility of a cooperation with Ahmet Davutoglu. In addition, the Nationalists seek “cleansing” with reference to a special court of the AKP government ministers who were involved in the corruption scandal, as well as the ending of talks to resolve the Kurdish issue.

Political analysts, however, believe that Erdogan would not be particularly displeased by a possible failure of government formation efforts that would force him to lead the country to new elections after September, since he believes the AKP will get higher rates compared to that of June 7.

Any collaboration of the AKP with the other parties can pave the way to special committees of inquiry that can “touch” the family members of Erdogan’s family, who the opposition repeatedly has argued that they are involved in corruption scandals. Political analysts who spoke to IBNA argue that a AKP-CHP cooperation without the approval of Erdogan will be considered a political “coup” by Davutoglu against the president, since sooner or later it would limit the latter’s political power.