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Assad’s presence won’t allow wounds to be healed: Turkey deputy PM

How did Turkey not see this coming?
Will Turkey reinstate the death penalty?
Is Assad a part of the solution in Syria?

In this edition of "Access: Middle East", CNBC's Hadley Gamble speaks to the deputy prime minister of Turkey, Mehmet Şimşek.

Şimşek discusses the recent military coup and how the Turkish government did not see it coming. He also talks about the likelihood of the country reinstating the death penalty due to public demand. However, Turkey's desire to remain committed to Europe and other key allies in the west may stay its hand.

Finally, Şimşek shares his views on the president of Syria, Bashar al Assad, and how he does not believe a lasting peace can be obtained if he remains in power.

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