Turkish election board rejects opposition appeal to nullify referendum AS Turkish Government Doesn’t Cooperate for Investigation into Infraction Allegations…

The Supreme Election Board (YSK) on April 19 rejected the opposition appeals to nullify the April 16 referendum on constitutional changes over irregularities
OSCE: It is fixed that YSK’s decision to count unsealed ballots valid contravenes Turkish legislations.
New York Times – Patrick Kingsley – Apr 19, 4:11 AM

ISTANBUL — Dozens of members of Turkey ‘s political opposition were arrested in dawn raids on Wednesday, as a crackdown began on those questioning the legitimacy of a referendum on Sunday to expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip

Ece Temelkuran’s Turkey: the Insane and the Melancholy (2016) chronicles Erdoğan’s paranoid style of politics and his lurch into authoritarian populism.

Erdoğan claims victory while supporters celebrate near Taksim Square, Istanbul. Depo Photos/PA Images. All rights reserved.“The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown.” Albert Camus’ description of the journey taken by many a rebel is an apt characterisation of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s trajectory. Turkey’s President has gone from Islamist activist railing against his country’s authoritarian secular elites to untouchable sultan purging his enemies – real and imagined. He has become a cliché.

Erdoğan’s Pyrrhic Victory?

Turkey’s Easter Sunday referendum will create a new political system in 2019, after parliamentary and presidential elections that year, with executive power to be concentrated in the hands of a president who also leads a political party. But President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s campaign for the changes could cost him key voter groups.

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