ISTANBUL, -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday the Turkish people have taught the whole world a lesson in how to protect independence of the nation by confronting all bids to undermine its security.
"Our people have a long history of struggle and confronting against coup plotters. Our people have proven that our country can deter all internal and external conspiracies," said Erdogan, addressing more than five million people gathered in Istanbul answering Erodgan's call to condemn last month's failed coup attempt.
He said the Turkish people showed defiance to the July 15 failed coup bid. Erdogan accused the US-based Fethullah Gulen of mastermining the coup. Gulen denies the claims.
Erdogan said the execution penalty was allowed in some countries like the US and Britain. "Why we don't have an execution penalty in Turkey?" asked the Turkish President.
He was reacting to Western countries' concern that Turkey was considering the reinstating of the death penalty following the coup attempt.
"The parliament has the authority to approve decisive decisions to confront the criminals," he said, without explaining the nature of these decisions.
Parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman said the Turkish people's unity was the most appropriate answer to the failed coup.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the government would bring Gulen to face his crimes he committed against the Turkish people.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Republican People's Party President, lambasted Gulen and called for the preservation of the parliamentary system which has been in place for 150 years.
"A group of military forces targetted the entire Turkey and bombarded the parliament. I salut the speaker and his colleagues who stayed in the parliament despite the shelling," he said.
Kilicdaroglu called for safeguarding the secular nature of the state. "We seek secularism that respects all faiths." President of the Nationalist Movement Party Devlet Bahceli said "the traitor Gulen targetted our unity and democracy but the people rejected this failed bid."
He said Gulen "used Islam and the coalition against terrorism to plot conspiracies." General Hulusi Akar, Cheif of Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, accused Gulen of committing a treason against the country and its people.
"The Turkish army obeyed the President of the Republic's orders and repelled the terrorist group and its treason," he said.
President of the Presidency of Religious Affairs Mehmet Gormez called for abondoning feeling of hatred among the Turkis people.
This is the first time that Erdogan and leaders of the opposition parties meet in one podium, in a sign showing that ramifications of the coup were diminishing.
Source: Name News Network