#TurkeyReferendum A nay-sayer video producer says if the video gets viral, he will probably be arrested and as it gets viral, he is arrested…

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There are strong implications, but they are still implications…. A young citizen, Ali Gül, says at the end of the video what he expects and that happens…
DER SPIEGEL – Spiegel Online – Mar 3, 4:50 PM

They arrived early in the morning from across the country and have spent hours waiting in the cold, and now they are running out of patience. The demonstrators, many journalists among them, pushed against the barricades set up in front of

Turkish women for and against more power for Erdogan rally in Istanbul

Thousands of pro-government women filled an Istanbul arena Sunday in support of a “Yes” vote in next month’s referendum on boosting Turkish …
The Turkish Armed Forces has voiced it uneasiness over “abrasive” criticisms and reports particularly targeting Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar in recent days over a number of topics on the country’s agenda.
News Analysis: Turkey in jitters as watershed referendum looms
Famagusta Gazette
Ilter Turan, professor of political science at Istanbul Bilgi University, told Xinhua that its difficult to make predictions of the outcome of the vote but fears that it would shatter what is left of checks and balances in the country. “Checks and .

Why is it hard to say ‘no’ in Turkey?

With a referendum looming, ‘no’ seems to be becoming a difficult word to say in Turkey.

Turkish referendum among the Top 10 risks

The official report of this year’s 53th Munich Security Conference on Feb. 17-19 was titled “Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order?”
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 24 that voting “yes” in the April 16 referendum on charter amendments means fast trains, two-lane highways and having the world’s biggest airport

Divisions and Danger Loom Ahead of Turkey’s Upcoming Referendum

Turkey’s Erdogan. Taken from Official Flickr page. Licensed for reuse.

On April 16, Turks will head to polls to yea or nay constitutional amendments which have been approved by the 550 seat parliament where the majority of seats (317) belong to the ruling party of Justice and Development (AKP) under the control of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Here are some things worth knowing ahead of the vote.

Undecided, floating votes to determine referendum results

More than 80 percent of the electorate knows where it will cast its votes in the referendum, according to a prominent pollster. The undecided, especially the floating voter without party affiliation, will determine the referendum outcome, says Adil Gür

President Erdoğan Goes for Official Talks, Performs Umrah

President Erdoğan has performed Umrah in Saudi Arabia where he went for official talks.

Turkish PM sends letters to youth, asks for ‘yes’ vote in referendum

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has urged the country’s youth to vote “yes” in the upcoming referendum in handwritten letters to millions of young voters.

Turkey could hold another referendum on restoring death penalty: President Erdoğan

Turkey could head to yet another referendum to decide on whether to restore capital punishment if parliament disapproves of the change, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 24.
Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Deputy Group Chair İdris Baluken has said “No” votes will increase in the upcoming constitutional referendum on whether to shift Turkey to an executive presidential system.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Feb. 15 said voting “no” in the upcoming referendum on the constitutional amendments would not create an environment of chaos, but voting “yes” would pull the country into a “catastrophe.”
The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Manisa provincial deputy head, Ozan Erdem, has resigned upon the party’s demand after delivering remarks warning of a “civil war” if the government-supported constitutional amendments fail to receive approval in the upcoming referendum
A couple living in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır’s Ergani disrict have named their new-born baby “Evet,” meaning yes in Turkish, to draw attention to the country’s April 16 referendum on the charter amendment, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Feb. 15

CHP outflanks AKP in first stage of referendum campaign

The first date signaled as the launch of the “yes” campaign of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) for the April 16 referendum was Feb. 7.
With around two months to go till voting, the million dollar question is whether or not the Turkish public will vote in favor of the constitutional amendments package that overhauls the political system and introduces a Turkish-style presidential model.
Details of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) campaign for the upcoming referendum on constitutional changes will be publicly announced by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım in Ankara on Feb. 25.

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