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Erdogan says Turkey should avoid delay in using death penalty

Turkish military block access to the Bosphorus bridge during the July 2016 coup attempt

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said there could be no delay in using capital punishment after a failed coup attempt, adding the government would discuss it with opposition parties.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters who called for the death penalty outside of his home in Istanbul, Erdogan said: “We cannot ignore this demand.” Turkey abolished capital punishment in 2004 to meet European Union accession criteria and has not executed anyone since 1984.

Erdogan also called on his supporters to continue protesting the coup attempt in the streets and public squares until Friday, saying the threat against him was not completely eliminated.


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