Turkey nationalist party considers early election

The Nationalist Movement Party wants early election if the ruling AK Party is unable to agree a coalition. (File photo: AP)

Turkey should hold a new election if the ruling AK Party is unable to agree a coalition with parliament’s two other opposition parties, the leader of the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) said on Monday.

The MHP had been seen as the most likely junior coalition partner for the AKP, which lost its simple majority in an election on Sunday. But MHP leader Devlet Bahceli all but ruled that out, saying other options should be pursued first.

“The first possibility for a coalition should be between the AKP and (pro-Kurdish) HDP. The second model can consist of AKP, (main opposition) CHP and HDP,” Bahceli said.

“If all these scenarios fail, then early elections must be held.”

Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday called on Turkey’s political forces to behave responsibly to ensure stability in a “new process” after his ruling party failed to win an absolute majority in weekend elections.

“In this new process, it is of great importance that all the political forces show responsible behavior and the necessary sensitivity to preserve the atmosphere of stability and confidence in our country and our democratic achievements,” Erdogan said in a statement released by the presidency, his first reaction after Sunday’s polls, Agence France-Presse reported.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44