Just 2 days to the Turkey #referendum, federalism debates hit AKP leadership hard…

The two main supporters of the “Yes” camp have become embroiled in a last-minute row over whether the shift to an executive presidential system constitutional amendments will introduce a “federal state structure,” with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan denying claims that Turkey’s unitary system will be eroded
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed an interim report of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on the campaign environment for Turkey’s April 16 referendum on whether to shift to an executive presidential system, declaring it “null and void.”

Turkey’s Good-Governance Referendum

Don’t listen to the critics. Turks are voting for democratic reforms.
Turkey’s president is engaged in a fierce row with several European nations he calls a crucial referendum. Not all Turkish expatriates agree

Turkey’s Erdogan: Democracy’s Savior or Saboteur?

That is the fundamental question Turkish voters will decide in Sunday’s vote on whether to expand the powers of the presidency.
Turks overseas were asked for their views on a referendum to expand the powers of the presidency. The responses varied, but tying them together was a deep sense of concern.

Turkish diaspora vote crucial as referendum ‘could go either way’

Turks living abroad are turning out in greater numbers to vote in a referendum on changing the constitution to create an executive presidency, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday (11 April), a development that pollsters say could benefit him.
New York Times – Suzy Hansen – Apr 13, 8:00 AM

The police officers came to the doctor’s door in Istanbul at 6 a.m. — dawn raids usually start then, sometimes 5:30 — and one of them said, “You are accused of attempting to kill President Erdogan.” The doctor couldn’t


Turkey is about to decide what sort of country it wants to be. A referendum could increase the president’s power. But how much has Turkey already changed, moulded by the vision of one man? Some guests were awoken by the gunshots, others by the

Is Turkey on the road to autocracy? – video explainer

President Erdoğan is set to benefit from sweeping new powers over parliament and the judiciary if Turkish voters support his constitutional reforms in this Sunday’s referendum. But with a heavy crackdown on opponents and the press, many of his critics fear the country is on a path to autocracy

Is It Too Late for Turkey’s Democracy?

Whether this Sunday’s referendum succeeds or fails, there’s little hope for the country.
The government has fired or suspended about 130,000 people suspected of being dissidents from the public and private sectors since a coup attempt last summer.

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