Turkey votes in historic referendum to give Erdogan sweeping new powers

IMG_0136.JPGPresident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan goes into today’s Turkish referendum with only the narrowest of poll leads as voters decide whether or not to grant him sweeping new powers. The Turkish leader has been campaigning relentlessly for a Yes vote for months, while the No camp has faced intimidation and harassment and been starved of media coverage. Yet as the first Turkish voters cast their ballots across the country on Sunday, the polls showed a surprisingly close race with Yes leading at around 51 per cent. Turnout is expected to be high with more than 80 per cent of Turkey’s 55 million voters likely to cast ballots in the historic referendum. Results are expected at around 11pm Turkish time (9pm UK time)…….Read More

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