Turkey voted for Erdogan’s domination

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 16.4.2017 22:45

On Sunday, April 16, Turkey voted for the transition to a presidential system with 51%, according to the initial results. The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party (HDP) asked for a recount of. The opponents of the change gained support mainly in large cities of Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Antalya, where protests were already ongoing. Moreover, three people were killed in a gunfight at a polling station in Diyarbakir. 

Erdoğan purged in the armed forces, the public sector and cracked down on media after July 2016 coup attempt. His dominant position is now confirmed by the outcome of the referendum, which changed Turkey's political system from presidential to parliamentary and brought Erdoğan unwavering dominion over the country and also the possibility to remain in power until 2029. In the future, we can expect further strains in the relations with Europe and in the migrant deal with the EU. Turkey could also further diverge from the West and extend cooperation with Russia.

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