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  1. Gezza

     /  17th April 2017

    Aljaz tv’s
    Lauren Taylor

    advises that supporters of constitutional changes to extend the powers of Turkey’s presidential office have taken the lead in Turkey’s referendum. With 90 percent of votes counted, the “Yes” vote is leading with 52.8 percent, while “No” votes stood at 47.1 percent after Sunday’s referendum.

    The proposed constitutional changes would transform Turkey’s governance from a parliamentary system to an executive presidency, significantly expanding the President’s powers.

    A victory for the “Yes” vote will give the president new powers to assign ministers, high-level state officials and vice-presidents, as well as half the members in the country’s highest judicial body. It will also allow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to dissolve parliament, and issue executive decrees and states of emergencies.

    Macide Dogan, a 67-year-old housewife, who voted ‘Yes’ told Al Jazeera that Erdogan is a “one-in-a-million” leader and praised Turkey’s development under his rule. “I cast my ‘Yes’ vote as conservative Muslim against infidels who are threatening Turkey. Erdogan defies the world powers trying to challenge him,” she said at a polling station on the Asian side of Istanbul. “We remember the times [before Erdogan] when young girls with headscarves could not enter universities in this country. We remember the times when there was no proper healthcare and transportation.”

    Ayse Mucek, a ‘No’ voter, said that she feels democracy and rule of law are under threat in Turkey under the current administration.

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