Turkey takes a huge leap toward Islamic dictatorship.
In a victory for Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish voters have decided by a narrow margin to usher in constitutional changes giving the president far-reaching new powers, after a campaign marked by tensions between NATO’s only Muslim member-state and European partners.
The deep divisions at home were reflected in the unofficial result early Monday morning – 51.4 percent voted yes, 48.6 voted no. Of some 48.9 million valid votes cast (a turnout of around 85 percent), the difference between the camps was about 1.37 million votes, the state news agency Anadolu reported.
A majority of voters in Turkey’s three largest cities, Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, voted “no.”
Also voting against the changes were Turks based in the United States, where of just over 20,000 Turkish voters, 83.2 percent voted “no.”
Those who voted yes expect Erdogan to make
the Ottoman Empire Turkey great again.