14:40 Jul. 22, 2016
Ankara ponders bringing back death penalty putting bid to join EU at risk
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised on Thursday, July 21, to restructure the military and give it "fresh blood," adding a new coup was possible, but would not be easy because authorities were now more vigilant.
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The new emergency rule would allow the president and cabinet to pass new laws without the parliament's consideration, and also to limit or suspend rights and freedoms as they deem necessary.
The European Union has voiced concern over Turkey's decision to impose the emergency rule following the attempted coup, and urged the country to respect the rule of law.
"We are following the developments regarding the state of emergency Turkey has declared after the attempted coup, which the European Union condemned, very closely and with concern," a statement said jointly issued by the EU's foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, and enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn.
Meanwhile, Turkey's justice minister, Bekir Bozdag, said on Friday that question on the country's re-introducing capital punishment should be considered from a legal standpoint and not in terms of the European Union, Reuters reports.
Turkey cancelled the death penalty in 2004 as required under the law of the European Union. However, President Erdogan has earlier said it could be brought back after the failed military coup.
According to EU officials, bringing back capital punishment would preclude Turkey's bid to join the bloc.