Saturday, April 15, 2017

Turkey Goes To The Polls On Sunday To Vote On Expanding The Powers Of President Erdogan

BBC: Turkey referendum: Campaigning ends ahead of landmark vote

The final day of campaigning in Turkey has ended ahead of a referendum on whether to grant sweeping new powers to the president.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to replace the parliamentary system with an executive presidency.

Approval could see him stay in office until 2029.

Supporters say a "yes" vote would streamline and modernise the country; opponents fear the move would lead to increasingly authoritarian rule.

If the referendum vote falls in Mr Erdogan's favour, it would give him vastly enhanced powers to appoint cabinet ministers, issue decrees, choose senior judges and dissolve parliament.

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More News On Tomorrow's Turkish Referendum

Turkey heads to polls in knife-edge referendum -- France 24
Turks vote in historic referendum on expanding Erdogan's power -- Reuters
Pitched campaign battle concludes in Turkey ahead of referendum -- DW
Turkey Braces For Referendum On President's Powers -- RFE
Turkey referendum: Constitutional change and questions on power -- Al Jazeera
Turkey referendum: President Recep Tayep Erdogan pushes for more power -- ABC News Online
Observers to guard against voter fraud in Turkey's referendum -- DW
Why the Turkish Referendum Matters to the U.S. and to the World -- Sofia Lotto Persio, Newsweek
Analysis: Turkey Faces Lose-Lose Choice in Referendum -- Paul Alexander, VOA

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