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."
Erdogan: Foreign states maybe involved in failed coup
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he believed foreign countries might have been involved in last weekend's failed coup attempt, though he declined to name any.
Speaking through an interpreter in an interview with broadcaster Al Jazeera, Erdogan also dismissed suggestions that he was becoming authoritarian and that Turkish democracy was under any threat.
Erdogan declares state of emergency in Turkey for three months
Turkey is declaring a state of emergency for three months in the wake of the failed coup attempt, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says in a live television broadcast following National Security Council and cabinet meetings in Ankara.
Turkey has declared a state of emergency across the country for three months in the wake of last week's bloody failed coup attempt, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday in a live television broadcast.
Turkey's cabinet has the power under the country's constitution to declare a state of emergency after consultation with the National Security Council.
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.
Turkey's main right-wing party on Tuesday threw its support behind reinstating the death penalty, despite international warnings that such a move could isolate Turkey as it responds to this weekend's failed coup attempt.
In Taksim Square and on the streets of Istanbul, people are hanging effigies from a noose as they chant "we want the death penalty," demonstrating against the weekend's failed coup attempt and in support of the government.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday that Berlin and the European Union were vehemently opposed to Turkey reintroducing the death penalty, warning him that it would end Ankara's bid for EU membership.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells a crowd that he will discuss with opposition parties in parliament about the possibility of capital punishment for those who carried out the failed coup attempt.