Constitutional referendum in Turkey

In addition to Gezza’s Al Jazeera info on the referendum in Turkey:

Turks decide whether to back president’s plan for constitutional changes that are arguably the republic’s biggest since 1923

Erdoğan says the Yes vote is clear

The state-run Anadolu agency is reporting that President Erdoğan has called allied political leaders to congratulate them over the yes win, with the words: “May this result be fortunate for our nation.”

Reuters are reporting that Erdoğan told the prime minister and the leader of nationalist party that the results were “clear”, according to presidential sources.

Sources in Erdogan’s office said he told Prime Minister Binali Yildirim he was grateful to the nation for showing its will at the polls.

State-run Anadolu agency is reporting that 51.31% of Turks have voted Yes, with 98.2% of the ballot boxes opened.

But:

Turkish main opposition to demand recount of up to 60% of votes

The CHP, Turkey’s main opposition party, have announced they will be contesting the validity of 60% of the ballots, after unconfirmed reports of large numbers of votes without official stamps.

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16 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  April 17, 2017

    The decline of Turkey into lslamic hell hole will be hard to stomach.

    • Gezza

       /  April 17, 2017

      They’re in NATO but I reckon they can probably kiss the EU goodbye.

      • Corky

         /  April 17, 2017

        Unfortunately so is Europe, Gezza. I wonder how much longer NATO can remain viable. Certainly by 2040 Europe and Turkey will be more akin to groupings of fiefdoms rather than single Nation states.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  April 17, 2017

      Erdogan looks to be a tough guy in the mould of Saddam and Gaddafi, both ruthless killers who bought their countries 40 years of a peace of sorts. So apart from international pariah status, that part of the world may become relatively stable for a while …unless he gets into the business of exporting terror

      • Relatively stable if you’re not one of the tens of thousands of people who have been arrested and the many more who have been intimidated and threatened.

        CNN: 47,155 arrests: Turkey’s post-coup crackdown by the numbers

        Nine months on from the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, authorities continue to detain and arrest people who, they say, are linked to the attempted uprising. According to Turkish state media, the failed bid claimed the lives of 249 people, including 36 alleged coup plotters.

        More than 110,000 people have been detained in the post-coup crackdown; nearly 50,000 of them have been arrested on specific charges, according to Turkey’s Ministry of Interior.

        Those arrested since the attempted coup include police officers, members of the military and civil servants.

        By the end of July 2016, 1,019 members of the police force had been arrested. That number has since grown more than ten-fold.

        Turkish authorities claim that an estimated 1.5% of the army were involved in the coup attempt. Thousands have been arrested, which has left the military dangerously understaffed, according to a senior officer in the Turkish military.

        Just three days after the attempted coup, 200 top Turkish court officials, including members of the Supreme Court, had been taken into custody despite a lack of evidence that any were involved. That number quickly rose.

        Tens of thousands of civil servants were fired or suspended from their positions immediately after the coup attempt. Some of those were also arrested.

        The widespread crackdown has also extended to the country’s media organizations. Erdogan described the actions last summer as steps required to neutralize the “threat,” but international industry bodies, including Reporters Without Borders, denounced the move.
        In a statement published earlier this year, the organization claimed that the passports of hundreds of journalists have been withdrawn and that “censorship of the internet and social networks has reached unparalleled levels.”

        Journalists dismissed: 2,708
        Journalists jailed: 131
        Media outlets shut down: 179

        One can only imagine how balanced the media coverage leading up to the referendum has been.

      • Blazer

         /  April 17, 2017

        terror is almost a monopoly franchise these days…..it would seem.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 17, 2017

    I don’t see peace between Turkey and the Kurds any time soon. Greece will be rearming. Russia will be manoeuvring too.

    • Turkey versus the Kurds has been a problem for a long time. It wasn’t helped when the Ottoman Empire was split up after WW1 without giving the Kurds a country of their own. So the Kurds are spread across parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria.

      The Syrian civil war has exacerbated the Kurdish problem with Turkish and Iranian involvement as well as the Kurds.

      If the civil war ends in Syria then Kurdish, Turkish and Iranian interests may flare up. The Kurds are most closely aligned with Iran.

    • Brown

       /  April 17, 2017

      Erdogan is a good reformed Muslim boy who takes the writings seriously so all will be well.

  3. Guardian: Not wasting any time, Erdogan says he will now discuss the issue of reinstating the death penalty with the prime minister and the leader of a nationalist opposition party.

    • Brown

       /  April 17, 2017

      Yep, need to sort out dissidents. Criminals not so much but why let the gallows go to waste?

  4. Nelly Smickers

     /  April 17, 2017

  5. The real story behind all of this is the rapprochement between Iran, Russia and Turkey notwithstanding the Crimea situation, and the strange relationship developing with Israel with the others. I am waiting in expectation of Erdogan moving away from NATO and forming even closer political and economic ties?

  6. Erdogan is pursuing a new Ottoman Empire with himself as Sultan, and is using the Islamist factions in Turkey to provide the power base for his ambition. Attaturks body will be spinning in its tomb.

    Could make it interesting if Turkey emerges as an aggressive pursuer of power in the Middle East. A four way [Eygpt, Turkey, Iran and Saudi] power struggle for Middle Eastern dominance with shifting alliances.