YDP & DP insist on 100-day declaration
Date Added: 11 May 2022

All eyes have turned to Erhan Arıklı’s Rebirth Party (YDP) and Fikri Ataoğlu’s Democrat Party (DP) after both the main opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and Peoples’ Party (HP) announced that they would not take part in a coalition government with the National Unity Party (UBP).

Both the YDP and the DP have made it clear that the UBP must accept the 100-day declaration which had caused Faiz Sucuoğlu’s government to end.

The coalition partners had fallen out after Sucuoğlu allegedly refused to sign a declaration presented by the YDP and DP outlining reforms the government would need to accomplish in its first 100 days in office.

Speaking to BRT, DP leader Fikri Ataoğlu said his party was ready to sit at the table with UBP MP Ünal Üstel who was handed the mandate to form the government.

Reminding that the elections had taken place only three months ago, Ataoğlu said that contrary to the CTP and HP, the DP’s only concern was to find ways out of the current economic crisis.

He added that they will insist that issues that had previously been discussed be included in the government protocol.

Asked to comment on the mandate being given to Üstel, the DP leader said that this was an internal matter concerning the UBP.

Also speaking to BRT, the leader of the Rebirth Party (YDP) Erhan Arıklı played down criticisms made to President Ersin Tatar for giving the mandate of forming the government to Ünal Üstel.

“The president has exercised his constitutional right and the decision is his to make,” Arıklı said, blasting the CTP leader Tufan Erhürman for criticizing the president.

The YDP leader also said it would be wrong to interfere in the internal affairs of the UBP which was a strong political party.

He expressed his belief that his party will be able to agree on a coalition government with the National Unity Party.

UBP MP Ünal Üstel is expected to launch talks with the YDP and DP starting on Thursday.