Ankara, April 17: In a major development, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced a win for the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a referendum that would enable more constitutional powers to the Turkish President. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced that the process of counting of votes has almost finished and President succeeded in getting 51.3 per cent votes whereas the negatives votes amounted to 48.7 percent votes, news agency BBC reported.
After clinching victory in the referendum, Turkish President Erdogan said that the win will open a new page in Turkey’s history. Buoyed by the win, the supporters of the Turkish President expressed hope that the transition would help Turkey in a modernist democracy. However, many critics have opined that the win in the referendum would result in more autocratic system imposing severe restrictions on the rights of Turkish people. Turkey recently witnessed a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
After the win, new presidential system would dispense with the office of the prime minister and centralise the entire executive bureaucracy under the presidency, giving Erdogan the direct power to appoint ministers. The system would come into force after November 2019 elections. Erdogan, who became president in 2014 after serving as premier from 2003, could then seek two more five-year mandates.
But it could also have even wider implications for the key NATO member, which for the last half century has set its sights on joining the European Union. Erdogan has warned Brussels that in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote he would sign any bill agreed by parliament to reinstate capital punishment, a move that would automatically end its EU bid.
(With inputs from PTI)