World Bulletin / News Desk
Speaking to his Nationalist Movement Party's (MHP) parliamentary group meeting, Devlet Bahceli called for the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party to immediately bring a bill to reinstate capital punishment to parliament.
"Is capital punishment a social request? Yes. Is the Justice and Development Party supporting it? Yes. Has the president said that he would sign it when it is ratified by parliament? Yes," said Bahceli.
"In this case, we should no longer wait for it, we should not delay. Let us show everyone that Turkey can take its own matters into own hands," he stressed.
In recent months President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly spoken of reinstating capital punishment, especially in the context of the plotters of last year’s defeated coup.
Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004, amid its EU membership bid.
The European Union has repeatedly warned that reinstatement would mean the end of Turkey’ EU accession, but Erdogan has brushed off those warnings.
Capital punishment is banned in all EU countries.
The call to resume the death penalty surfaced in the wake of last July’s attempted coup, and Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, and Bahceli have said they would support such a move.