Kemal Atatürk must be spinning in his grave, for his people have narrowly confirmed Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey’s President in a referendum vote. I’m leaving New Zealand in a few hours, and won’t bother you with the details (see them at the New York Times), but the referendum also expands Eredogan’s powers, making this odious man even more of a tyrant than he is. As the Times notes:
The constitutional change, if it stands, will allow the winner of the 2019 presidential election to assume full control of the government, ending the current parliamentary political system.
The ramifications, however, would be immediate. The “yes” vote in the referendum would be a validation of the current leadership style of Mr. Erdogan, who has been acting as a de facto head of government since his election in 2014 despite having no constitutional right to wield such power. The office of the president…
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