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Turks to head to polls for government referendum

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 00:59

A vote on April 16 in Turkey will decide on the biggest change in the country's system of governance since the modern republic's foundation almost a century ago, potentially replacing its parliamentary system with an executive presidency. Current president Erdogan has previously been criticised for being too authoritarian. Jacob Greaves reports.

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Turkey is about to go to the polls, in what critics say may be a vote for authoritarianism. Sunday's referendum could change the constitution to grant President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. Recent polls have suggested the yes vote may just edge it, but the margins are close. Critics fear the creation of a 21st Century Sultan only minimally curbed by Parliament But Erdogan says it's all about stability. Last year's failed military coup a pivotal point for him. Turkey's resulting crackdown on the military, judiciary and civil society has drawn criticism from Western politicians. Now a no vote could have consequences every bit as complex as a yes. Erdogan says he wants a stronger Turkey. Now the question is whether voters want a stronger Erdogan.

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Turks to head to polls for government referendum

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 00:59