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In Turkey will be possible holding of referendum on death penalty

Fri, 24.02.2017 16:45



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey may hold a referendum on the introduction of the death penalty, if the parliament does not vote for such bill.

Erdogan made the comment on Friday while campaigning for a "yes" vote in a referendum on whether to expand his powers.

Since a failed coup in July, Erdogan has frequently told supporters who call for the death penalty at his rallies that he would sign off on any parliamentary vote to restore capital punishment.

On Friday, he went a step further, saying a referendum could be held if parliament fails to reinstate it.

Turkey abolished the death penalty more than a decade ago. European leaders say talks on Turkey's bid to join the EU would end if Ankara restores the death penalty.

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Source: Associated Press

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