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Turkey Ends Their Parliamentary Political System

A supporter holds a flag depicting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a pro-government demonstration in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

President Erdogan of Turkey’s constitutional referendum passed. The referendum will dissolve Turkey’s parliamentary political system and give complete governmental power to the winner of the 2019 presidential election. This is not much of a change from President Erdogan’s presidency since 2014 even though there was no constitutional authority at the time.

 

Supporters of this referendum state that that this constitutional change will create a stronger central government. Supporters state that a strong central government is needed at this time due to insurgent groups within Turkey, the civil war in neighboring Syria, and to better stabilize the economy.

 

There are many allegations of voter fraud as well as media censorship. Opponents of the referendum argue that their side was not allowed to show adds on television and were not allowed to hold rallies or events.

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