Turkey: All parliamentary parties gave a joint statement against the coup

I Today, during the emergency session of the Grand National Assembly (Turkish parliament), the leaders of all four parliamentary parties showed up to issue a joint statement against the military coup that was attempted last night.

Turkish parliament (Image: en.wikipedia.org)

Turkish parliament (Image by Yıldız Yazıcıoğlu/Public Domain)

In a quite rare case in Turkish politics, all four major political parties issued a joint statement condemning the coup, and expressing unity in support of democracy. The ruling right-wing Justice and Development Party (AKP), the left-wing and the largest opposition party, Republican People’s Party (CHP), the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish left-wing People’s Democratic Party (HDP) have put their ideological differences and political fights aside to announce a joint statement in support of the democracy of Turkey.

“We the groups of four parties strongly condemn the coup attempt against our mighty nation, the nations will, the state, and lawmakers and parliament as its reflection, and the attacks on the parliament itself,” the statement said.

The session of the parliament started with a moment of silence in honor of those who were killed during the coup attempt. Prime Minister Binali Yildrim (AKP), the president of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicadaroglu, the Chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli and the Vice-Chief of the parliamentary group of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) spoke at the parliament. All the party leaders condemned the coup and gave their support to democracy.

Prime Minister Yildrim (AKP) called for the punishment for the plotters of the coup, and welcomed the unity of parliament against the coup.

The president of CHP, Kemal Kilicadaroglu, hailed all parties for embracing democracy against the coup. Kilicadarogly added that the defeat of the coup brought all parties a step closer to finding common ground to improve Turkish democracy.

The Chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli joined the other leaders in condemning the coup, and calling it “terrorist attack”.

The Vice-Chief of the parliamentary group of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Idris Baluken noted that he condemns the attack, and adding that Turkey needs to solve its main issues, starting with the Kurdish one.

Dejan Scepanovic

Based in Bosnia and Herzegovina. BA in political science. Columnist.