23 October 2018 Turkish ultra-nationalist party called off alliance with Erdogan

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli withdrew his party’s support for the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP Party, the largest party in parliament, calling off an electoral alliance for the upcoming local elections. The measure is due to a disagreement about an MHP-proposed general amnesty that would free tens of thousands of prisoners, including members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and those imprisoned for alleged links to the organisation of cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of ordering the failed 2016 coup attempt.  “Undoubtedly, the state can pardon crimes against the country but crimes against the people, against individuals, cannot be pardoned,” Erdogan said in parliament following his speech on Khashoggi and in response to Bahceli’s announcement. The proposal first needs to be discussed by the parliament’s Justice Committee before it is voted. If it’s to be made law, the MHP estimates it would result in the release of 162,000 people.