What Erdogan’s narrow referendum victory means for Turkey
On Sunday evening in Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stood on the balcony at the headquarters of his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and hailed a referendum victory that will put him out of a job.
The “Yes” camp in Turkey’s referendum, led by Yildirim’s boss, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appeared to win a slender victory over the “No” vote, getting about 51 per cent of the vote. Turks approved constitutional amendments that would scrap the country’s parliamentary system, including the office of the prime minister, in favour of a presidency with expanded powers.
“There is no loser in this referendum, but only one winner: Turkey and its noble Turkish people,” said Yildirim.
But the tiny margin of victory and the howls of protests from the opposition tell a different story.
“Up until today, Turkey’s opposition always thought that it lost fair and square,” said Selim Sazak, a fellow at the Delma Institute. “This, however, is a game-changer.”
Erdogan’s critics say the amendments will entrench one-man rule and establish a de facto dictatorship. His supporters argue that given Turkey’s history of coups – including a defeated attempt last July – civil strife and failed coalition politics, a stronger executive is needed.
it means the slaves have voted themselves into irrelevance..the dictator is entrenched..and anyone who questions him with be gulen devotees or crusader agents..
51% is fraudulent..i dont believe it..