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Saturday, January 20, 2018

“Citizens in need of punishment”: Erdogan promised Turkey the highest measure

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday evening, made in Istanbul in a multimillion rally and promised to sign the law on the return of the death penalty, as it is the will of the people.

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According to official data, in the old capital of the Ottoman Empire listen to the President have gathered 5 million people – reported by the Turkish news Agency Anadolu.

Addressing the gathering, including attending the place of the representatives of political parties, Erdogan said that the authorities in the country, “of course, belongs to the people. And citizens demand punishment.”

Therefore, if the Parliament will vote for the introduction of capital punishment, Erdogan will sign the relevant law. Note that 317 place out of 550 in Turkish Parliament are the representatives of the “Party of justice and development”, the founder of which is Erdogan, and the leader Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Thus, experts have no doubt that with the passage of the bill the difficulties will not arise.

However, at the meeting, Erdogan referred to the international experience: he recalled that the death penalty is present in most countries of the world.” In Russia, we will remind, it is also not officially canceled, but in its application moratorium.

In Turkey, capital punishment was abolished in 2004 after the start of negotiations on the country’s accession to the European Union. Now, after plans for the restoration of the death penalty, the head of the European Commission Jean-Cldd Juncker said about a possible stop the plans of the European integration for Turkey.

Read expert opinion about the split in Turkish society.

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