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Turkey - Erdogan’s Divided Nation

Serkan Yolacan

18-Apr-17 08:35

Turkey - Erdogan’s Divided Nation

Turkey went to the polls last Sunday, in a referendum that will transform the country’s parliamentary system into a fully fledged presidential one. With a slim majority voting “Yes”, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promises to implement the changes at the end of his current term in 2019. Held under a state of emergency declared in July of last year, voting patterns suggest a urban-rural divide and the continued disenfranchisement of the Kurdish minority.

The arguments for the change was made on the basis of a more efficient governance but has been framed by domestic detractors and the Western media as a contest between democracy and authoritarianism.

Today on Current Affairs, BFM explores the political prospects for Turkey.

This is a report by Sharaad Kuttan. 


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Tags:  Turkey AK PartyRecep Tayyip ErdoğanreferendumConstitutiondemocracyPresidentturkeyAK PartyRecep Tayyip ErdoganPolitics, News, Current Affairs


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