04/17/2017

NATO Ally Turkey Votes To Turn Itself Into An Islamic Dictatorship

Robert Gehl, Federalist Papers Project

Turkey’s new dictator, President Recip Tayyip Erdoğan claimed victory in Sunday’s vote on whether he should essentially take almost complete control over the country.

The opposition has said they would contest the election, citing rampant voter fraud, but the election is no less stunning.

Turkey is a member of NATO and a crucial ally (sometimes) in the fight against terrorism.

The state-run news agency said Erdoğan’s camp claimed victory with about 51 percent of the vote and 98 percent counted.

“President Erdoğan hopes the results of the referendum will bring good fortune to the country and the nation,” the statement said.

What does this mean? If the results are upheld, it gives Turkey’s government – with Erdoğan at the helm – widespread authority to scrap the centuries-old parliamentary system, replacing it with a presidential model. It would concentrate massive power in the hands of the president who has recently jailed opponents and cracked down on dissent.

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