Sunday, April 16, 2017

Turkey's democracy died today

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is announcing a new constitutional referendum that gives the President a lot more power.  There was a national vote to decide to change the constitution which was very close.  When the vote against the constitutional change was threatening to win the election the electoral authorities stepped in and announced they would allow unsealed ballots to be counted.  Which was against the rules of the election.  After it was all over the vote to change the constitution won 51% to 49%.  The changes to the constitution gives the President almost unlimited power.  Which realistically makes him a dictator.  The opposing group says that the election was not fair and they say they will contest the election.

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