Turkey Emergency Rule: Erdogan vows 'fresh blood' in military as EU concerned over emergency rule

14:40 Jul. 22, 2016

Erdogan vows 'fresh blood' in military as EU concerned over emergency rule

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks after an emergency meeting of the government in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo)

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.

The president gave his comments to Reuters for the first time since Turkey had entered a three-months state of emergency.

Watch also Ukraine Today's interview with Bohdan Yaremenko: Ukrainian diplomat and international politics expert on how attempted military uprising might effect Ukraine-Turkey relations

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.

Read also Turkey to temporarily suspend European Convention on Human Rights

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.

Read also 99 generals and admirals are charged in connection with failed coup attempt in Turkey

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.

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