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?