Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that after the referendum held on Sunday, April 16, the government will start considering the need to introduce the death penalty, Reuters reports.
Speaking to reporters at his presidential residence in Ankara, the head of state said he intended to immediately discuss the return of the death penalty to the constitution with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Chairman of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party Devlet Bahceli.
Reuters points out that such a step would mean the curtailment of the negotiations on Turkey's membership in the European Union, which the country has been conducting since the beginning of 2000s.
We remind, yesterday in Turkey passed a referendum concerning the constitutional reform which assumes transition of the country on presidential system of government.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already congratulated the leaders of the parties on the results of the referendum - according to the calculations of 99.99% votes, more than half Turkish citizens voted in favor of constitutional reform.