Saturday, May 26, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Turkey referendum: Erdogan's AK Party claims victory

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has claimed victory for the 'Yes' vote in the referendum to amend Turkey's constitution.

Turkey's crucial referendum

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has claimed victory for the "Yes" vote in the referendum to amend Turkey's constitution and grant the presidential office new executive powers.

As of 18:00GMT on Sunday, the “Yes” campaign was leading with 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent with 98.4 percent of votes counted.

"I am grateful to everyone who made the effort to go to the ballot box in the name of democracy," said Yildirim. 

The proposed changes transform Turkey's governance from a parliamentary system to an executive presidency, significantly expanding the powers of the top office.

The changes were backed by the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party), founded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the leadership of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), whose parliamentary support was vital to take the amendments to a public vote.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), the pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party (HDP) and other critics argue the amendments give too much power to one individual, undermining the separation of powers in the government.

The constitutional changes will only enter into force after the presidential and parliamentary elections set for 2019. Erdogan will have to be elected then to claim the powers this referendum brings.

This result gives the president new powers to assign ministers, high-level state officials, and vice-presidents, as well as half the members in the country's highest judicial body.

It will also allow the president to dissolve parliament, and issue executive decrees and state of emergencies.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Saudi authorities release three wom...

Read More

Erdogan sets out AK Party platform ...

Read More

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen on its ...

Read More

Lebanon's Saad Hariri designated as...

Read More

Israel to push for US recognition o...

Read More

At least four killed in Baghdad sui...

Read More

Global_News

Over 400 luxury handbags were also seized from several apartments as part of an anti-corruption probe into state fund.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

Ramadan begins

Palestinians in Gaza 'massacre'