Turkey referendum in the international press

Reuters:  President Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a referendum on Sunday to grant him sweeping powers in the biggest overhaul of modern Turkish politics, but opponents said the vote was marred by irregularities and they would challenge its result.

New York Times: The constitutional change, if it stands, will allow the winner of the 2019 presidential election to assume full control of the government, ending the current parliamentary political system.

The Guardian: The three largest cities – Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir – voted against the changes. The main opposition Republican People’s party (CHP) plans to challenge more than a third of the ballot boxes and accused Anadolu of publishing inaccurate results.

Deutsche Welle: German Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz tweets that the narrow result of the referendum shows that Erdogan does not represent all of Turkey, and that it is imporant to continue to show ongoing commitment to democracy and human rights.

FRANCE24: Reporting from the capital, Ankara, FRANCE 24’s Jasper Mortimer noted that, “Just over a million votes separated “Yes” and “No”. With a result that close, you can be sure that Erdogan would not have won if he had allowed equal time on television for the “No,” and had given equal space in street advertising, and had not put pressure on clerics in the mosques to steer their congregations towards “Yes”. If the campaign had been fair, the “No” would have won.”