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Turkey's President Considers Bringing Back The Death Penalty

Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004.

By Stephanie Liebergen | July 17, 2016

After an attempted military coup, Turkey's president said he's considering bringing back the death penalty. 

As part of its ongoing attempt to join the European Union, Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004.

In 1987, Turkey applied to join the then-European Economic Community. The country was declared eligible to join the EU a decade later. A return of the death penalty would seemingly take that progress a step back, as abolition of the death penalty is a precondition to entering the EU.

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The military's attempted government takeover last week failed. In the aftermath, more than 6,000 people have been arrested, and that number is expected to rise. 

Supporters of the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took to the streets, some chanting "we want death penalty." 

Erdoğan noted that the people's opinion matters and said he would talk with other government leaders before making a decision. He said, "We cannot delay this decision too much. Because those who stage a coup against the state in this country should pay the price for it."

This video includes clips from NTVCNN TurkCNN and Sky News

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