Σάββατο, 18 Μαρτίου 2017

Erdogan Expects Parliament to Restore Capital Punishment

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saturday said he expected parliament to approve restoring capital punishment after the April 16 referendum on expanding its powers, a move that could end Ankara's bid to join the EU.


Turkey completely abolished the death penalty in 2004 as part of its efforts to join the European Union, which makes its removal a non-negotiable pre-condition for membership.

"The families of the martyrs, the heroes (of the failed July 15 coup) don't need to worry. I believe, God willing, that after the April 16 vote parliament will do the necessary concerning your demands for capital punishment," Erdogan said in a televised rally in the western city of Canakkale, AFP reported.

To become law, the bill would still need to be signed by the head of state. But Erdogan said he would sign it immediately.

"When it comes to me I will approve it without hesitation," he said.
  (Tasnim)
18/3/17

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