Monday, April 17, 2017

Erdogan Claims Vast Powers in Turkey After Narrow Victory in Referendum - The New York Times

Erdogan Claims Vast Powers in Turkey After Narrow Victory in Referendum - The New York Times

ISTANBUL — A slim majority of Turkish voters agreed on Sunday to grant sweeping powers to their president, in a watershed moment that the country’s opposition fears may cement a system of authoritarian rule within one of the critical power brokers of the Middle East.

With nearly 99 percent of votes in a referendum counted on Sunday night, supporters of the proposal had 51.3 percent of votes cast, and opponents had 48.7 percent, the country’s electoral commission announced.

The result will take days to confirm, and the main opposition party said it would demand a recount of about 37 percent of ballot boxes, containing around 2.5 million votes.

  

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1 comment:

  1. The most chilling thing about this news is that the Republican party, in control of the White House and Congress and a majority of state legislative bodies, might take this as motivation to call for a Constitutional convention.

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