HDP may form coalition with CHP, rules out alliance with AK Party

Pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP)o-chair Selahattin Demirtai has said his party may consider forming a coalition with the main opposition Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) but will never engage in any alliance with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) if the HDP passes the 10 percent election threshold.
In an interview published by the Posta daily on Tuesday, Demirtai stressed that the HDP will never form a coalition with the AK Party, but it may negotiate the possibility of making a coalition with the CHP after the June 7 general election.
Demirtai stated that those supporters of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) also donand’t want revived conflicts between the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK), adding: andquotThe society wants peace. I think the MHP will also feel obliged to have dialogue on the Kurdish settlement process — which aims to seek a solution to the countryand’s decades-long Kurdish problem.
When asked whether his remarks about the MHP might be construed as as a coalition formula that will include the MHP if this party adopts a positive stance over the course of the talks on the Kurdish issue, Demirtai responded: andquotMy remarks on this subject should not be construed as a possibility of coalition [with the MHP]. However, the MHP cannot desire the renewed conflict and war. None of the MHP supporters opts for this. I believe the MHP will feel obliged to prefer the path for peace. This is because the societyand’s demand for peace. So, no one should get into panic by questioning what will happen if the AKP [AK Party] loses power.andquot
However, CHP parliamentary group deputy chairman Akif Hamzaandcebi has ruled out the possibility of forming a coalition with the HDP.
Posting a tweet on the issue on Monday, he wrote, andquotWe have no idea of forming a coalition either with the HDP or with any other political party.andquot
Recent election surveys by a number of polling companies indicate that the HDP will pass the threshold and manage to enter Parliament — a projection that makes the ruling AK Party uneasy as such a conclusion means the AK Party losing the majority in Parliament to switch the Constitution to the introduction of the executive presidential system in line with President Recep Tayyip Erdoganand’s desire.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman