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"Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday"
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 16, 2017 09:16AM
Will Erdogan succeed in his dictatorial power grab?


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ISTANBUL (AP) -- Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday .
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Re: "Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday"
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 16, 2017 09:21AM
"The package of 18 amendments would abolish the office of prime minister and give the president the authority to draft the budget, declare a state of emergency and issue decrees overseeing ministries without parliamentary approval."
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Polling stations across the country closed by 5:00 p.m. (10.00 a.m. ET) and results were expected to start coming in within hours. Stations in eastern Turkey, which opened an hour earlier, were closed at 4:00 p.m. (1300 GMT).

Opinion polls have shown a narrow lead for a "Yes" vote, which would replace Turkey's parliamentary democracy with an all-powerful presidency and may see Erdogan in office until at least 2029.

The outcome will shape Turkey's strained relations with the European Union. The NATO member state has curbed the flow of migrants - mainly refugees from wars in Syria and Iraq - into the bloc but Erdogan says he may review the deal after the vote.

A crowd chanted "Recep Tayyip Erdogan" and applauded as the president shook hands and greeted people after voting in a school near his home in Istanbul. His staff handed out toys for children in the crowd.

"God willing I believe our people will decide to open the path to much more rapid development," Erdogan said in the polling station after casting his vote.

"I believe in my people's democratic common sense."

Some 55 million people were eligible to vote at 167,140 polling stations. Turkish voters abroad have already cast their ballots.
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Re: "Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday"
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 16, 2017 09:36AM
I have a feeling the results have been predetermined.



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Re: "Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday"
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 16, 2017 09:43AM
Wonder if the 100,000 people he arrested and jailed can vote.
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Re: "Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday"
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 16, 2017 11:09AM
If the Turks are as stupid as the Americans, he will.
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Re: "Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday"
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 16, 2017 01:48PM
He's claiming victory.
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Re: "Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday"
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 16, 2017 02:39PM
51-49 - The Turks now have a Dictatorial Democracy..

Did we export some of our voters to them?



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Re: "Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday"
Posted by: Acer
Date: April 17, 2017 07:47AM
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Re: "Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday"
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 17, 2017 09:31AM
Another election goosed by Rush-sha?



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Re: "Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday"
Posted by: max
Date: April 17, 2017 12:22PM
Putin's hand no doubt, just ask any neocon, Clinton,


or Joe McCarthy........


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Re: "Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday"
Posted by: pdq
Date: April 17, 2017 01:37PM
It's just weird the way that fascism begets fascism.
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Re: "Polls have closed in Turkey's referendum on whether to expand presidential powers; results expected late Sunday"
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: April 17, 2017 01:37PM
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max
...just ask any neocon, Clinton,

Your ceaseless characterization of Clinton as a "neoconservative" is clearly, and solely, based on your personal contorted definition of the word.
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