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Briefing on Turkey’s referendum and the future of Turkish politics

Briefing on Turkey’s referendum and the future of Turkish politics


The results of the referendum reflect shifts in Turkey’s political landscape and raise new questions, meaning a respite from political uncertainty seems unlikely.

  • Turkey’s opposition party has raised questions over the legitimacy of the result of Sunday’s vote, meaning the issue of the referendum may continue for some time.
  • While the government appears to have secured its desired result, the majority was slim, leading to speculation its support is slipping.
  • The government says it is happy with the result and appears confident it can solve issues currently troubling Turkey, promising stability and progress.
  • The lira appears to be making a slight recovery, likely to help the ruling party, but this outcome to the referendum means Turkey’s immediate political future is uncertain.

On Sunday Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced that with 600,000 ballots left to count the yes camp had effectively won the referendum to change Turkey’s constitution, being ahead by over 1 million votes. The result means Turkey is set…


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20 April 2017



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