Erdogan One Step Closer To Dictatorship After Contested Election In Turkey

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday declared victory in a referendum on constitutional reforms to expand his powers, according to multiple reports.

But opposition parties are contesting the results of the referendum.

Erdogan said the unofficial results of the referendum show it winning by a margin of 1.3 million votes, according to the Associated Press. The Turkish president on Sunday thanked voters and called the passage of the referendum a “historic decision.”

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, 51.3 percent voted in favor of the referendum while 48.7 voted against it, with 98 percent of ballots counted, Bloomberg News reported.

The referendum gives Erdogan the power to appoint ministers and top judges and call elections whenever he would like, according to Bloomberg.

It would also take away the position of prime minister.


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