Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Yes or No? Final day of campaigning before tight Turkey vote

Yes or No? Final day of campaigning before tight Turkey vote

A narrow majority of Turks will vote "Yes", two opinion polls suggested on Thursday, putting his support at only a little over 51 percent.

Here's a primer on the referendum that will decide Turkey's political fate.

Erdogan has focused in recent campaign events on trying to ridicule the leader of the main secularist CHP opposition, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, playing videos of his gaffes in the apparent hope that voter patterns will reflect the last national election in November 2015, when AKP dominated the electoral map. Turkey is heading to a con.

People walk past a "YES" billboard with an image of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ahead of the Sunday referendum, in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, April 14, 2017.

On April 16, the electorate in Turkey will be asked to vote Yes or No to an 18-article reform bill, which would also change the current parliamentary system to a presidential one.

President Recep Tayyip Erodgan called the referendum previous year, seeking to do away with the prime minister's post, limit the power of parliament and consolidate power in the presidency.

Some 55 million people are eligible to vote at 167,140 polling stations across the nation, which open at 7am (12pm Singapore time) in the east of the country and close at 5 pm (10pm Singapore time).

Turkish citizens living overseas have already voted. No question is written on the ballot paper and it is assumed that the people know what they are voting for.

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The reforms would hand wide-ranging executive powers to the president and the post of prime minister would be abolished. The Erdogan government has used the emergency powers to conduct a sweeping purge of the military, judiciary and civil service. He says he now believes a more powerful presidency is necessary to protect the state.

Cabinet ministers would no longer have to be members of Parliament and the Parliament would not have power over Cabinet appointments - ministers would be appointed directly by the president. Erdogan was forced to reject such changes after he was slammed by far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli for his adviser's remarks. Under the current Constitution, presidents are required to severe ties with their parties. Over the past two years alone, there has been a series of bombings throughout the country. A new provision would widen the scope for Mr Erdogan's impeachment by parliament, though it would set the bar for removing him from office exceptionally high.

How it runs itself, either as a parliamentary democracy or an executive presidency, will have clear ramifications for internal policy and its interaction with other countries.

Erdogan argues that as Turkey's first president to be directly elected by the people - instead of the parliament - he has a wider mandate than previous presidents.

Presidential and legislative elections would be held at the same time.

If approved in the referendum, the changes take effect with the next general elections slated for 2019.

The campaign has not been plain sailing for Erdogan, and some heavyweight figures within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have been conspicuously silent on the new system.

The coup began on July 15 a year ago, when a faction of the Turkish military declared that it had seized control of the country and the government of President Erdogan was no more in charge.

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