Jun 27 2018

New Turkish government likely to have nationalist tinge – Reuters

Turkey’s new government, which is to be formed from a coalition of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the hard-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), may for the first time since 2015 see the AKP sharing cabinet seats with other political parties, Reuters said.

The AKP took 43 percent in parliamentary elections on Sunday, losing its one-party majority, but the MHP won 11 percent, meaning that the coalition would be able to govern alone.

“Having failed to secure a parliamentary majority, Erdoğan, who has to rely on support from the far-right MHP, will be hostage to their hardline agenda,” Reuters quoted commentator and former parliamentarian Aykan Erdemir as saying.

“Turkish nationalism, in part fuelled by the rise in anti-Kurdish sentiment, is the real winner in the twin elections.”

With the election representing the introduction of a new system of presidential government, however, it remains to be seen how much power the MHP will be able to leverage over the AKP.