Turkey to hold constitutional referendum on April 16 to give more powers to the President

Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) has announced constitutional referendum will be hold on April 16, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported

President Erdoğan approves charter draft, referendum on April 16

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan approved constitutional amendments that would bring drastic changes to the country’s political system on Feb. 10, clearing the way for a referendum to be held on April 16

Turkey’s Erdoğan paves way for April vote on consolidation of power


Referendum to be held after president approves bill on constitutional changes that could allow him to rule until 2029


A presidential drive for “national mobilization” is not a call for people to “take a gun and hit the streets” but a reminder that efforts for security and economy are futile without cultural development, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said.

Lists of expelled academics were prepared by their universities: Turkey’s Higher Education Board

The lists of academics expelled with the latest state of emergency decree on Feb. 7 was prepared by their own universities, Turkey’s Higher Education Board’s (YÖK) press adviser has said after the board received harsh criticism from opposition groups and the scholars themselves.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has condemned the state of emergency decree stating that the Supreme Election Board (YSK) will cease monitoring private TV channels during Turkey’s upcoming referendum campaign on constitutional changes.
“They are sacking the same academics who would have been sacked by the post-coup regime if it had succeeded.”
The government will not categorize those who plan to vote against the constitutional amendments as terrorists, a senior government official has said, but added that it wants the public to know that two major terror organizations are in “no” camp.
Turkish President Erdoğan has once again passed an emergency decree, this time ordering the dismissal of more than 4,000 civil servants, including 330 academics. They are accused of having ties to terrorist organisations or endangering national security. Opposition media in Turkey voice their indignation
33,065 people have been expelled from the Ministry of National Education, 43 of them have been returned to their duties. Minister Yılmaz said they have legal grounds but didn’t explain what those grounds are.

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