Erdogan: Turkish parliament to decide on death penalty

July 18, 2016 23:37

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday it was for the country's parliament to decide whether to restore the death penalty but that if it did so he would sign such a measure into law, according to CNN.

Turkey scrapped capital punishment in 2004 as part of its push to join the European Union but calls for its reinstatement have grown following an abortive military coup on Friday evening in which more than 200 people were killed.

"It will take a parliamentary decision to take action... As president I will approve any decision to come out of the parliament," Erdogan said.

CNN also quoted Erdogan as saying official papers would be filed within days to request the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States. Turkey says Gulen masterminded the coup attempt. He denies involvement.

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