Erdogan: I will approve death penalty if it comes from parliament

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that if parliament passes a measure to reinstate the death penalty, in the wake of the failed coup, he will sign it into law.

Erdogan tells CNN from Istanbul that the putsch was a "clear crime of treason" in his first interview since the putsch attempt.

"But, of course, it will take a parliamentary decision for that [a proposal to reinstate the death penalty] to take action in the form of a constitutional measure. So the leaders will have to come together, discuss it.

"If they accept to discuss it then as the president I will approve any decision to come out of the parliament."

CNN also reports that he says Turkey will submit within days a formal extradition request to the United States for Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish preacher whom Erdogan blamed for the coup.

Last update: Mon, 18/07/2016 - 20:30
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