Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to reinstate the death penalty as he seeks to maintain a firm grip on his government following growing calls for capital punishment after a failed coup.
Erdogan who was speaking to thousands of supporters outside his Istanbul residence said “democracy” is demanding its return and he will do anything to reinstate capital punishment if the Turkish people demand it and parliament approves the necessary legislation.
“Today, is there no capital punishment in America? In Russia? In China? In countries around the world? Only in European Union countries is there no capital punishment,” Erdogan said.
The president added Turkey is “a democratic state run by rule of law”, and “you cannot put aside the people’s demands”.
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