Turkey’s referendum process was held on an “unlevel playing field”, with campaigning restrictions and late procedural changes, monitors say. Opposition events were obstructed and state resources misused, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said. In the referendum, voters gave sweeping new powers to President Erdogan.
Istanbul, Turkey – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has welcomed the “Yes” vote in the referendum to amend Turkey’s constitution and grant the country’s presidential office new executive powers. “We have been attacked by other nations of the world. You have seen how the West attacked us,” Erdogan told cheering supporters in Istanbul on Sunday.
Turks narrowly vote in favour of president’s plan for sweeping constitutional changes, but opposition parties cry foul