Analyst says referendum results will divide, not unite Turkey

Analyst says Turkey’s referendum results will further polarise the country and will pose a challenge to President Tayyip Erdogan and his political party.

ANKARA, TURKEY (APRIL 16, 2017) (AK PARTY POOL) – Turkey’s referendum results will further polarise the country and will pose a challenge to President Tayyip Erdogan and his political party, an analyst said on Sunday (April 16).

Journalist Serkan Demirtas says the tight results exposed the deep divsion in the country.

In a speech, Erdogan said 25 million people had supported the proposal to replace Turkey’s parliamentary system with an all-powerful presidency, giving the “Yes” camp 51.5 percent of the vote.

That appeared short of the decisive victory for which he and the ruling AK Party had aggressively campaigned. Nevertheless, thousands of flag-waving supporters rallied in Ankara and Istanbul in celebration.

Demirtas said there will be tougher days ahead for Erdogan and his party.


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  • Politics of Turkey
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • Turkish people
  • Turkey
  • Turkish general election

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