People's Party

Erdoğan backs sentences for ex-HDP chairs as 'terror-related'

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has defended the heavy prison sentences handed down to former executives of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), rejecting claims that the case was politically motivated.

"Calling it a political case is, above all, an insult to democracy and the law," Erdoğan said during an event in the capital Ankara on May 20.

Imprisoned retired soldiers involved in 'post-modern coup' pardoned

A presidential decree has abolished the remaining prison sentences of seven retired soldiers serving life imprisonment for their involvement in the Feb. 28, 1997 "post-modern coup."

The decree on May 17 pardoned Fevzi Türkeri, Yıldırım Türker, Aydan Erol, Cevat Temel Özkaynak, Erol Özkasnak, Çetin Doğan and Çevik Bir from their prison terms.

Kurtulmuş plans October talks on constitutional proposal

Contextual discussions on the government's long-pending proposal for a new constitution will commence in October, Parliament Speaker Numan Kurtulmuş has announced amid a flurry of negotiations with political parties.

Kurtulmuş concluded his inaugural round of consultations with representatives from various parties.