Erdogan says Turkey soon will bring back death penalty

​Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the government will soon submit a bill to Parliament to reinstate the death penalty amid calls for the execution of the plotters of a failed coup in July.

Thousands of people were arrested after failed coup in July

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, centre, follows a military honour guard walking to the mausoleum of Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on Republic Day in Ankara, Turkey, on Saturday. He told the crowd he has plans to reinstate the death penalty. (Burhan Ozbilici/ Associated Press)

​Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the government will soon submit a bill to Parliament to reinstate the death penalty amid calls for the execution of the plotters of a failed coup in July.

Addressing crowds in Ankara on Saturday, Erdogan said he would ratify such a bill once it passed despite any objections it might spark in the West.

Erdogan made the comments in response to public chants calling for the death penalty, which Turkey abolished in 2004 as part of its bid to join the European Union.

Erdogan said: "Soon, our government will bring (the bill) to Parliament...It's what the people say that matters, not what the West thinks."

The government has blamed the coup on the followers of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. The cleric denies involvement.