After all delaying tactics, coalition talks start today in Turkey…

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is heading into the coalition government formation process with no preconditions nor prejudices.
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ has said her party has not closed the door on coalition talks with the Justice and Development Party (AKP), but that the AKP does not want to form a coalition with the HDP.
PM Davutoğlu puts the ball into the court of the opposition, saying the CHP and MHP need a coalition more than the AKP
A grand coalition between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) is unlikely, CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said.
The members of the Parliament Spokespersons Board from the three oppositional parties have refused to pay a courtesy visit to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan because it would take place at the controversial presidential palace, daily Hürriyet reported July 12.
Turkey’s top business body head has called on political parties to form a coalition government as soon as possible, as the country should not waste time making economic reforms and increasing its growth figures.
The grassroots of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) are likely to green-light a coalition between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the CHP, contrary to their stance immediately after the June 7 parliamentary elections in Turkey, CHP Istanbul provincial head Murat Karayalçın told daily Hürriyet on July 10.
The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has stripped one of its deputy parliamentary group chairs of his post days after controversial remarks in which he intimated that the public views the Republican People’s Party (CHP) as “irreligious and non-believing.”
Uncovering the details of the deadly bombing of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakır just before the general election could only occur with a coalition government in which the HDP is involved, the party’s co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said
Opposition parties are justifiably wondering why President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not yet called Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu (at least when this piece was being written) to ask him to try to form a coalition government.
ORF Issue Brief (Observer Research Foundation) Issue 95, June 2015 Anita Sengupta * The general elections of 7 June 2015 were Turkey’s last scheduled elections until the next one in 2019. Coming at a time when the country and its neighbours are on the brink of profound transformation, and given the increasing complexity of the […]
GTE Commentary (Istituto Affari Internazionali) No. 23, June 2015 Ayhan Kaya * In the general elections held in Turkey on 7 June 2015, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won 258 out of 550 seats in the Parliament, 18 seats less than the simple majority required to establish single-party rule. The AKP has been […]
Bulletin PISM, no. 70 (802), 9 July 2015 The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) Pinar Elman * A month after their failure to win an outright majority in Turkey’s 7 June parliamentary elections, the president and AKP’s wounds are already healing. The AKP has won the key post of speaker of parliament, while the […]
Policy Brief (German Marshall Fund of the United States) July 9, 2015 Ahmet K. Han * Following Turkey’s June 7 elections, there seems to be two alternative scenarios for Turkey. Either two or more of the parties will reach an understanding to form a coalition, or one of the parties will split and choose to […]
Critics say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been stalling the process to maintain his party’s grip on power, undermine his opponents and push the country toward snap elections.
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