Jun 09 2018

The cracks spread in AKP’s election alliance

A series of statements from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) this week hinted that there may be some serious problems between the two parties, which formed the People’s Alliance for the upcoming elections on June 24.

On Thursday, Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the MHP warned the AKP’s candidates for the parliamentary elections during a speech in Kayseri in central Anatolia. “Particularly you, the candidates of the AKP; be careful, don’t create troubles. Don’t play games on MHP. Our candidate for the presidency is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. You will not succeed in excluding MHP,” Bahçeli said.

The next day, president Erdoğan told during an election rally that there were people who tried to create trouble within the alliance, but they would not allow them to achieve that. “My brothers, we started this road as the People’s Alliance. We will protect this People’s Alliance all together. This People’s Alliance was not established easily,” Erdoğan said to his supporters. 

The comments Tuğrul Türkeş, an AKP deputy and former member of the MHP, made during a television program on May 31 were the reason behind Devlet Bahçeli’s statement,  Hürriyet newspaper said on Saturday. “People’s Alliance will end after June 24 elections,” Türkeş said during the television program.

Hürriyet also said that Bahçeli was disturbed after hearing reports about problems in election campaigns witnessed by party members in some provinces. According to Hürriyet, some AKP candidates warned voters not to vote for MHP, saying that the alliance will end after the elections. 

“Whoever tries to dynamite the People’s Alliance, whoever tries to assess the end of the alliance are scoundrels with a timer set who serve to the collapse of the country,” Bahçeli again said on Saturday when speaking in Bursa located in northwest Turkey.