MHP: Once again, a lifesaver for the AKP

There is no doubt that the clearest result from the June 7 elections was that voters did not cast their ballots in favor of President Recep Tayyip Erdoganand’s and”single-manand” regime. Both the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Erdogan entered the elections with a promise of a and”Turkishandshy-type presidencyand” as for the other parties, they opposed this. From this angle, then, we can confidently say that a majority of around 60 percent of voters do not want Erdogan to become this new kind of president.
It is not some sort of individual or forced view that causes us to read the election results like this.
What the Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) now face is the responsibility that comes with carrying out what their campaign-period stances require. But in openly declaring that it would not enter into a coalition with the HDP, the MHP has eliminated the possibility that there could be a coalition between these three parties. And the possibility that the CHP might form a coalition with the HDP and receive support from the MHP from the outside is so slim as to be non-existent.
In the meantime, the back corridors of Ankara are filled with talk that the AKP might form a coalition government with the MHP. The MHP has come out strongly against the peace process with the Kurds, declaring it to be a sort of and”treason.and” We know this. And now, the same sorts of noises about the peace process are coming from AKP supporters. It was after Erdoganand’s interventions in the peace process that the AKP shelved this project. This being the case, it does in fact look plausible that the AKP — which has already openly declared that itand’s given up on the peace process — might well form a new government with the MHP, which opposes the peace process.
Itand’s also quite clear that this would lead to some important political results for both parties. Will the open declaration by the AKP that it has given up on the peace process not cause turbulence within its own ranks? Will no one protest about all the sacrifices that have already been made for the process? Will the AKPand’s believability in the public eye not be utterly destroyed by such an alliance? And do they really think people wouldnand’t understand that such an alliance was made only to hold on tight to power?
In the meantime, the MHPand’s great handicap in such an alliance would be the appearance that it has abandoned its fervent stance against the allegations of bribery and corruption facing the AKP. Staunch MHP voters would not forgive the party for apparently offering support for the injustices, the illegalities and all the corruption.
At the same time, if the AKP moves away from the image of being a party trying to escape the justice system in light of the allegations against it, a truly new situation would emerge on the political stage. It would indicate to people that the AKP is engaging in some serious reckoning for its past mistakes and that it no longer perceives its main role as being the defender of Erdoganand’s actions. It is possible that the AKP could wind up splitting into different sections, but this would be a division that would augur well for the future of the country. Voters have cast their ballots against all the injustices and illegalities and against the arbitrary and tyrannical rule. In doing so, theyand’ve allowed an opportunity for a period of restoration to become one that involves the opposition parties. What lies at stake are Turkeyand’s interests as a country, not to mention its future.
Itand’s impossible, of course, for opposition parties to come to an agreement — or even basic harmony — on every topic. If they did, they wouldnand’t even be different parties. There is, however, a basic threshold upon which they need to find a compromise: To stand strong in embracing the opposition to the unjust, illegal, arbitrary and tyrannical leadership they offered to voters during the election campaigning period. By adopting this stance, the opposition parties took on serious responsibility and if they donand’t shoulder this responsibility, they are effectively helping to realize Erdoganand’s plans. The CHP has already declared which principles will guide its decision whether or not to enter a coalition. In doing so, it has staked out an important position. As for the HDP, its stance is basically a constructive one when it comes to suggestions about coalitions and outside support. The only problematic stance we see is the one embraced by the MHP.
And in this, we must ask: Will the MHP once more act as a lifesaver for the AKP?

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman