Erdoğan says general amnesty not on government's agenda

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has responded to a request far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader and ally Devlet Bahçeli for a general amnesty ahead of the June 24 elections, saying that granting a general amnesty was out of question, independent news site Diken reported.

The MHP leader Bahçeli’s insistence on granting a general amnesty before the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections has added fuel to rumours of a crack in AKP’s election alliance with the MHP as Turkey heads to the polls later this month.

“Know that there is no such thing as general amnesty on our agenda. And nobody should have a different approach,’’ Erdoğan said. ‘’If the judiciary has made a decision on a person, then the authority to grant them amnesty is not ours. Parliament does not serve such a function.’’

Erdoğan, who is also the presidential candidate for the MHP, is looking to retain his seat on June 24, with increased powers granted to the president in last year’s presidential referendum.