The Turkish people have voted to undermine their own democracy by weakening their Parliament and placing far more power into the hands of their already dictatorial president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country’s prime minister have declared victory in a Sunday referendum designed to hand Erdogan sweeping powers.
The Turkish Election Commission has yet to release its official results, and the opposition promised to contest at least a third of the votes cast. But according to the state-run Anadolu Agency, with 99.8% of the ballots counted, Erdogan appeared poised to win with 51.4% of voters casting ballots in his favor.
On Sunday night he delivered a speech to the people of Turkey, claiming victory and thanking the people of Turkey for giving him more power.
“The results will be the best thing for the country. Our nation has exceptionally exhibited how mature it is, and people went to the ballot boxes to cast their votes on the Constitutional change package… According to unofficial results: 25 millon ‘Yes’ votes were cast… The Constitutional change package has been adopted. We are carrying out the most important reform in the history of our nation.
Dear members of the press, and dear citizens watching us in front of their TV screens. Today, Turkey has actually made a historic decision about its administrative model — a discussion that dates back two centuries. This is a substantial transformation regarding our administrative model. It is always easy to advocate for a change… But luckily we have been able to initiate this very important change.
God willing, these results will be the beginning of a new era in our country.”