Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a referendum vote give him more Presidential powers.
Yesterday, Turkish citizens took to the polling station to vote on whether they would like President Erdogan’s presidential powers to be increased. After 99.45% of the vote had been counted, the electoral board called victory for “Yes”. Erdogan supporters say replacing the parliamentary system with an executive presidency will modernise the country. Turkey’s two main opposition parties said they would challenge the results. The result has not done much to un-quell the unrest in the countries. The Yes vote won by 51.37% and “No” 48.63%.
According to BBC News the changes to the constitution will be as such:
The constitutional changes
- The president will have a five-year tenure, for a maximum of two terms
- The president will be able to directly appoint top public officials, including ministers and one or several vice-presidents
- The job of prime minister will be scrapped
- The president will have power to intervene in the judiciary, which Mr Erdogan has accused of being influenced by Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based preacher he blames for the failed coup in July
- The president will decide whether or not impose a state of emergency
Many who voted in the referendum, have said they did so because the believe with these new powers, Turkey’s government will become more “modern”. President Erdogan has already used the victory to start planning his next policies. He said after the victory that Turkish people will be able to vote on reinstating the death penalty into legislation, this move would end Turkey’s negotiations with the EU.
January’s favourite meme and Turkey’s most famous social media star Salt Bae cast a vote, whilst we don’t know his thoughts on the subject. We do know he does everything in his life with the same flair he uses to Salt his chicken.
Nusret Gokce, Turkish social media star, casts his vote in Turkey constitutional referendum with typical flair pic.twitter.com/P41kneJd4X
— Borzou Daragahi (@borzou) 16 April 2017