Published On: Mon, Apr 17th, 2017

Erdogan to amend Turkish constitution with the consent of 51.3% voters

A referendum, aiming to amend the Turkish constitution in order to give more powers on the hand of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and to replace the parliamentary model system introduced by the erstwhile military administrators with the president model system in which the president enjoys enormous power, has been passed by the people with the support of a minor margin of 51.3% votes against the 48.59% votes casted by those who oppose the proposed amendment. Meanwhile, the ‘no’ camp led by the opposition parties has alleged malpractice and denounced the election result by saying that the authorities have put the credibility of the referendum at high risk by allowing the respected officials to consider the unsealed ballots before ensuring the authenticity of that ballots. Announcing that the process has not ended yet, the ‘no’ camp has called for recounting of at least sixty per cent ballot papers. It is unlikely that the government will consider the demand and react positively towards the opposition outcry. However, immediately after the election result has been publicised by the Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, the supremo has thanked the people and supports who voted for him. Provoked by the suspicion that the new move may change the country into an authoritarian state, the ‘no’ supports have welcomed the victory of the ‘yes’ camp with violent protests using the pots and pans. It is said that the European powers are unhappy with the developments in the country. It is apparent when no major powers have yet commented on the issue.


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Erdogan to amend Turkish constitution with the consent of 51.3% voters