Kemal Kilicdaroglu: “So far we have not received an offer of a coalition”

Kemal Kilicdaroglu: “So far we have not received an offer of a coalition”
# 13 August 2015 19:14 (UTC +04:00)

According to APA, Turkey's Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said on Thursday following the conclusion of fruitless AK Party-CHP coalition talks.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's Justice and Development (AK) Party had been seeking a coalition partner after no party won a simple majority in the June 7 general election, but announced earlier on Thursday that no agreement to form a coalition government had been found with the CHP leader.

"I don't think it is right to say right away that early elections are the only alternative," the CHP leader told reporters, referring to Davutoglu's earlier remarks that there was a "strong possibility" for such elections to take place.

Kilicdaroglu said that Turkey missed a "historic opportunity" of "trying out" a coalition government in line with the national will.

"If votes have been divided between political parties in such a way that no party garnered enough votes to single-handedly come to power, then respect for the national will requires the formation of a coalition government," he said.

"If you say that you cannot do it and will go to elections instead, then how can you talk about [respecting] the national will? This [a coalition] should have been tried out. I think Turkey missed a historic opportunity," Kilicdaroglu said.

Recall that the last coalition talks in Turkey were made 16 years ago, when the Democratic Left Party (DSP) of late Premier Bulent Ecevit failed to win the majority in the general election on April 18, 1999.

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