Turkey votes in favour of constitutional change

Turkey has voted to drastically alter the constitution and introduce an executive presidency. The vote in favour of the change was narrow – 52% in favour – 48% against.

The bulk of the ‘yes’ votes came from rural areas. Large cities such as Istanbul did not vote in favour.

Introducing the changes to the constitution will mean that President Erdogan can dismiss his prime minister and dissolve parliament.

The opposition was nowhere to be seen in Taksim Square, according to a report. The CHP opposition party has claimed that there had been vote tampering and has demanded an investigation.

Observers fear that the vote heralds a dictatorship in the country and will create an even greater distance between Turkey and the West.


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