Erdogan expects parliament to restore capital punishment

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ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he expected parliament to approve restoring capital punishment after the April 16 referendum on expanding its powers, a move that could terminate Ankara’s bid to join the EU.

“The families of the martyrs, the heroes (of the failed July 15 coup) don’t need to worry. I believe, God willing, that after the April 16 vote parliament will do the necessary concerning your demands for capital punishment,” Erdogan said in a televised rally, adding he would then sign the bill into law “without hesitation”.