No plans for a federal Turkey: President Erdogan

No plans for a federal Turkey: President Erdogan

Erdogan's fervent supporters see his drive for greater powers as the just reward for a leader who has put Islamist values back at the core of public life, championed the pious working classes and delivered airports, hospitals and schools.

Some were believed to be planning an attack in Turkey ahead of Sunday's referendum, it added.

Erdogan cited Germany's refusal to hand over Turkish citizens suspected of terrorism as a reason behind his refusal. Soon voters will weigh in on how the country's government should be structured. Currently, the council of ministers is largely made up of elected legislators. In part because of these moves, the European Union opened negotiations for Turkish accession in 2005. Hundreds of news outlets and non-governmental organizations have been shut down. More than 200 were convicted.

Campaigning took place under a state of emergency imposed following last summer's failed military coup attempt.

Ahead of the vote, United Nations experts accused Turkey of "massive violations" of the right to education and work, citing figures suggesting that since the state of emergency was declared, some 134,000 public servants had been dismissed. These powers have also limited the role of Parliament. Judicial review is moot, as the Constitutional Court has no jurisdiction during this period.

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Former interior minister Meral Aksener, a two-decade veteran of politics, was seen as the most credible internal challenger to Bahceli until she was expelled from the MHP a year ago.

"I think that my country will head towards a federal system, that it will be divided", said Yelda Dogan, a 45-year-old doctor from the southern city of Antalya, who came to Aksener's rally. Due to ongoing clashes between outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Turkish forces, the government is paying special attention to poll safety. Such populist tactics have won him boisterous applause from those who revere him. Since July, Erdogan has jailed journalists and political opponents, including Selahttin Demirtas, the leader of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party. More than 45,000 people have been arrested.

He would also be able to appoint whoever he wanted to help him run the country.

This belligerence has resonated with the conservative Muslims who feel alienated from the West and resentful of the growing Islamophobia that they see there.

If the vote is "Yes", the new system would be implemented from November 2019, when presidential and legislative elections would be held simultaneously.

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Polls suggest a neck-and-neck race for Sunday's vote.

But if voters choose "no", Erdogan won't be deterred.

The city is expected to vote "No" to the constitutional reforms proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and backed by the National Movement Party (MHP). Turkey is heading to a contentious April 16 referendum.

Turkey is holding a referendum on constitutional amendments that would expand presidential powers.

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