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The upcoming Turkish referendum could end what little democracy is left in the country

11 Apr

In the final days before Turks vote in a referendum on 16 April on whether or not to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dictatorial powers and effectively end parliamentary government, the mood in Turkey is prone to conspiracy theories and suspicion of foreign plots.

A sign of this is the reception given to a tweet that might have seemed to the sender to be exceptionally benign and non-controversial. It was sent in Turkish and English by the British ambassador to Ankara, Richard Moore, and read: “Tulips in Istanbul heralding spring. Hooray!” Accompanying it was a picture of a bank of tulips blooming outside the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/turkey-erdogan-referendum-democracy-europe-middle-east-a7673691.html

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Posted by on April 11, 2017 in Middle East

 

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