DavutoIlu sees ‘coup-like’ plots, says joint presidential candidate was a ‘Sisi attempt’

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu has claimed that there are and”coup-likeand” plots to cause political unrest and pave the way for a coalition government after the June 7 general election.
In puzzling remarks, the prime minister also argued that two opposition partiesand’ decision to field a joint candidate in the presidential election in August 2014 was an effort to create Turkeyand’s and”Sisi,and” referring to Egyptand’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who came to power after ousting Mohammed Morsi in a coup.
and”I do not see the possibility of a coalition in Turkeyand’s future, but there is such a plan, there is such a manipulation [happening],and” Davutoilu said in a late-night interview on Tuesday aired on the pro-government ATV and A Haber TV stations. and”This means, there might be those who are willing to pursue attempts — not coup attempts but coup-like ones — to create the sort of coalition they prefer, like what happened on March 12 and February 28,and” he said, referring to dates in 1971 and 1997 when the Turkish military forced the incumbent governments to resign without actually carrying out a coup.
The prime minister then added that the government will take and”all kinds of measures against such provocations,and” without elaborating on the nature of either the provocations or the promised measures.
Davutoiluand’s remarks came amid survey results showing a decline in public support for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), prompting speculation that the June 7 election could lead, for the first time since 2002, to a coalition government. This would also depend on whether the pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) is able to enter Parliament by passing the 10 percent election threshold.
A strong AK Party majority is expected to result in constitutional amendments to change the current parliamentary system of governance into the presidential system coveted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a co-founder of the AK Party.
Davutoilu predicted that the HDP was unlikely to pass the threshold. The HDP, which has vowed to prevent Erdogan from assuming strong executive powers under a presidential system, has alleged that the AK Party has set up a team to rig the election results.
Davutoilu rejected the allegation as and”despicable slanderand” and described it as part of and”coup-like attemptsand” to cast a shadow on Turkeyand’s democracy and stir up tension and panic. and”We are confident that we will win this election. Why should we resort to something like that?and” he said.
According to the prime minister, the nomination of Ekmeleddin ihsanoilu as a joint candidate for president by the Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) was also an attempt to and”change the status of Turkey, in which the AK Party is the main player, through manipulative methods.and”
and”The coalition debate of today is the same thing. [It has] the mindset of a transition period. They have tried it in different ways. andhellip They see that it failed and now [try to see] if a transition period, a coalition is possible, whether the AK Party could be weakened. They want to create a fragile Turkey. A fragile political structure. This is what will damage us the most,and” Davutoilu said.
The prime minister also continued with his criticism of the Dogan Media Group, whose flagship newspaper Handurriyet was targeted by Erdogan and Davutoilu over the coverage of the death sentence handed down to Morsi in Egypt.
and”Imagine a media organization publishes a letter addressing the president, addressing me. An attempt on their part to design our policies,and” he said. and”There is no politics being governed by the media any more. Media should give the news, [should] criticize, but should not attempt to rule,and” he said.
Handurriyet published an editorial on Wednesday addressed to Erdogan after the president claimed a headline about the death sentence for Morsi on Handurriyetand’s website suggested that he could also share Morsiand’s fate. Handurriyet dismissed the accusation and asked if the president was trying to intimidate the paper.
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Davutoiluand’s remarks prompted discussion on social media, where critics said the government is preparing to portray a possible loss of the vote or people voting for opposition parties as a and”coup.and”
The prime minister, however, was not alone in seeing and”coup plotsand” in the run-up to the June 7 election. In a speech earlier on Wednesday, President Erdogan addressed unspecified plotters, saying, and”You are very wrong if you think you will achieve on June 7 what you could not achieve in Gezi, what you failed to pull off on Dec. 17-25.and”
The president, accused by the opposition of blatantly campaigning for the AK Party in violation of the Constitution, was referring to the Gezi Park protests of the summer of 2013 and a massive corruption probe that implicated people in his inner circle. Erdogan and AK Party leaders have described both events as and”coupand” attempts against AK Party rule.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman