Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Electronics | By Lorenzo Hawkins

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Right now, there is only one figure who could possibly win that share of the vote: Erdogan himself.

Erdogan argues that as Turkey's first president to be directly elected by the people — instead of the parliament — he has a wider mandate than previous presidents.

This belligerence has resonated with the conservative Muslims who feel alienated from the West and resentful of the growing Islamophobia that they see there.

"Some predict the rate to be below 55 percent while others say it is likely to be between 55-60 percent", he said.

The reforms would extend the president's executive powers and the president would also be allowed to retain ties to a political party. He says he now believes a more powerful presidency is necessary to protect the state. "We are saying "yes" to the continuity of the Turkish Republic". Nationalist votes will be crucial in ensuring a "Yes" vote in the referendum on Sunday on the constitution. But two important provisions would kick in shortly after the vote.

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The Turkish judiciary has begun an investigation into the suspected involvement of some former United States officials and politicians in the coup attempt of July 2016.

The AKP has put relentless pressure on the "no" campaign, accompanied by military operations and fighting in Kurdish regions of Turkey.

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As with other recent Turkish elections, the outcome may depend on a couple of key swing blocs: religious Kurds who like the AKP but are wary of Erdogan's style and irked by his crackdown on their compatriots, and hard-line ultra-nationalists who despise groups like the Kurds but are not convinced by the AKP. Mehmet Ali Agca, who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paull II in 1981, was among the youth group's members.

The president would have a five-year tenure, for a maximum of two terms. Turkey has sent troops into Syria to help opposition Syrian forces clear a border area from the threat posed by Islamic State militants.

"What is the difference between a Korean and a Chinese?" "If "Yes" emerges victorious, they'll only find out what they said yes to by experience". In one campaign tactic, Erdogan tried to sway those on the fence by accusing the "Hayir" or "No" campaign of backing "terrorists" like Gulen's movement and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is waging an insurgency in south-east Turkey.

"There was economic growth in early 2000s.In the last few years, what we see, is that the tide has changed".

She has since become one of the most prominent right-wing voices in the "no" campaign ahead of Sunday's referendum, although she has faced challenges getting the message across. "We will altogether write a legend of democracy (on Sunday) because our questions have been left unanswered", he told reporters in Istanbul.

Ankara has declared its "full support" for the Trump administration's decision to escalate the war for regime change in Syria, while Russian Federation and Iran, Turkey's partners in the Astana talks, condemned the strike against the Syrian government. "We will have these with a "no" vote tomorrow", Pervin Buldan, a lawmaker from the opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party, said at a rally in the predominantly Kurdish province of Diyarbakir.

"I will fight until the last drop of my blood for the rejection of the proposed changes".

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