AKP-CHP Coalition Talks Ended In Failure

ddCoalition talks between Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Republican People’s Party (CHP) ended in failure on Aug. 13, with the AKP leader admitting their counterpart had refused their proposal to form a short-term coalition government aimed at carrying the country to an early election.

“A conviction which states there is no ground to make a government partnership at the moment has been derived,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, the head of the AKP, told reporters at a press conference following his one-and-a-half hour long meeting with CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

“The two parties, which have different backgrounds, have had deep differences of views besides agreeing on certain matters,” Davutoğlu said, citing education and foreign policy issues as the main topics where the two sides failed to come together.

Referring to his meeting with Kılıçdaroğlu held on Aug. 10, Davutoğlu said his party had taken this “deep difference of views” and potential problems these differences might create in a coalition government into consideration and offered “other options.”

The AKP offered to form “a transitory reform government” which would work in line with the idea of an early election, Davutoğlu said.

Recalling that both he and Kılıçdaroğlu had gathered with their party’s Central Executive Boards (MYK) following their meeting on Aug. 10, Davutoğlu said the CHP side eventually refused the AKP’s proposal, as the party preferred taking part in a long-term reform government.

The Aug. 10 meeting had already revealed the most controversial issue on which the two sides were unable to reach a consensus was the tenure and model of any potential coalition partnership. Refuting the AKP’s hope for a short-term minority government to lead to fresh elections, the CHP had been eager for a coalition model which would resolve Turkey’s “chronic problems.” It wanted sucha government to be in power for a full four years, until the next parliamentary elections.