Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he would approve a parliamentary measure to reinstate the death penalty even if this would endanger Turkey's bid to join the European Union.
"The world is not simply the European Union. Do you have capital punishment in the US, Russia, China and in many other countries? Yes," he tells broadcaster al-Jazeera in Ankara, speaking through a translator, when asked if he would sign such a measure despite clear objections from the EU, which bans capital punishment. "If the EU respects democracy it will accept people's will," he said.
"If parliament makes that decision, then the duty of the authorities in power is to pave the way for this punishment to be reintroduced," he says, adding: "The people have voiced this demand. They took to the streets and kept saying capital punishment, capital punishment, capital punishment."
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