Turkey referendum: A significant milestone

Turkey referendum: A significant milestone

NDO – A narrow majority of Turks voted ‘Yes; to change the constitution to move the country from a parliamentary to a presidential system of government, which will grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. Despite winning the referendum, President Erdogan still faces a number of challenge as the result has deepened divisions among parties in the country as well as in the relations between Turkey and the European Union (EU). (Apr 24, 2017)

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Significant milestone

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