MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Turkish opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will definitely support the reinstatement of the death penalty if it will be proposed in the parliament, the party's chairman said on Tuesday.
"MHP will do whatever is necessary if the proposal for reinstating the death penalty for such crimes is brought to the parliament," Devlet Bahceli stated, as cited by the Daily Sabah newspaper.
There is no need to wait since the majority of the Turkish people are in favor of reintroducing the death penalty, he added.
The death penalty was banned in Turkey in 2004 as part of Turkey's attempt to get closer to the European Union. However, after the attempted coup in July 15 in Turkey, voices requesting the reinstatement of the death penalty have been on the rise.
In July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country would reinstate the death penalty if the nation demanded it, following the July 15 failed coup, which resulted in the death of 240 people and injured around 2,000 more.
Ankara has accused Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, and his followers of playing a key role in the coup.