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Shane Savitsky Apr 17, 2017
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How Turkey got to its disputed constitutional referendum

Yasin Bulbul / Presidential Press Service via AP

Turkey seems to have voted yesterday to greatly expand the powers of President Recep Erdogan, choosing to add 18 amendments to its constitution, which in part:

  • Abolish the role of prime minister in favor of a vice president
  • Grant the president unilateral power to dismiss parliament, appoint ministers and judges, enact laws, and declare a state of emergency
  • Reset Erdogan's term limits, allowing him to potentially stay in office until 2029

It's worth asking: As the opposition moves to challenge a huge portion of the vote share and international monitors question the result, how did Turkey get to this point in the first place?