Claiming victory, Turkey`s Erdogan says may take death penalty to referendum

Claiming victory, Turkey`s Erdogan says may take death penalty to referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan left the voting booth when the referendum in Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday (April 15 2017). (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Ankara (ANTARA News) - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told crowds of flag-waving supporters on Sunday that Turkey could hold another referendum on reinstating the death penalty, as he claimed victory in a vote that will hand him sweeping new powers.

Addressing crowds in Istanbul, Erdogan said he would "immediately" discuss the issue of bringing back the death penalty with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the leader of the nationalist opposition. Such a move would spell the end of Turkeys accession talks with the European Union.

Erdogan also said votes in favour of constitutional changes to replace Turkeys parliamentary system with an executive presidency stood at 51.5 percent. He said everyone should respect the nations decision, and added Turkey would "shift gears" in the coming period.

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