Analysis 21 Apr 17

Erdogan’s Dubious Win Fails to End Turkey’s Crisis

The recent referendum in Turkey, intended to endow President Erdogan with greater powers, has failed to resolve this controversial issue and has only created new tensions.

Ankara, Istanbul and Sarajevo
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan | Photo: Beta

“After the referendum and all the serious irregularities, tensions are growing both at home and abroad,” a Turkish analyst told BIRN, speaking on condition of anonymity due to his concerns for his wellbeing in the current climate of oppression.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed absolute victory in the vote on April 16 in which, according to the Anadolu state news agency, 51.3 per cent of Turks voted in favour of increasing his powers.

But the results have been rejected by the opposition and seriously questioned by international observers who have all warned of possible fraud and other irregularities.

Turkey's Supreme Election Council, the YSK, has still not released official results, saying it is still looking into the numerous allegations. It is not expected to confirm the results for another ten days, which is highly unusual for Turkey’s election system.

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