Turkey mulls death penalty after failed coup attempt

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Monday, 18 July 2016 16:50

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey will consider reinstating the death penalty after the failed attempt to overthrow his government.
"In democracies, decisions are made based on what the people say. I think our government will speak with the opposition and come to a decision," he said on Sunday, reacting to crowds in Istanbul calling for capital punishment.
"We cannot delay this any more because in this country, those who launch a coup will have to pay the price for it," he told supporters after attending funerals for victims of the coup attempt.
Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004 under reforms aimed at obtaining European Union membership.
Reinstatement would create further issues between the EU and Ankara in the already stalled membership talks.

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