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Enabling Act 2: Turkey Votes Today on Whether or Not to Grant Erdogan Nearly Unlimited Dictatorial Powers

Sunday, April 16, 2017 6:25
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Turks vote in a hotly contested referendum on Sunday that could place sweeping new powers in the hands of President Tayyip Erdogan and herald the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Turkey ‘s Islamist president loves to surround himself in the bold red, black and white colors so associated with Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party. He also loves to raise his hands in a gesture reminiscent of the Nazi “hiel” salute. Hitler seized ultimate power when he asked the German citizenry to vote on the Enabling Act in 1933. Today, Erdogan walks in those same footsteps as the Turks vote on granting the same type of powers to him. Is history repeating itself? The outcome of today’s vote will decide that.

Opinion polls have given 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 also 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.

Some 55 million people are eligible to vote at 167,140 polling stations across the nation, which open at 7.00 am (0400 GMT) in the east of the country and close at 5 pm (1400 GMT). Turkish voters abroad have already cast their ballots.

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The referendum has bitterly divided the nation. Erdogan and his supporters say the changes are needed to amend the current constitution, written by generals following a 1980 military coup, confront the security and political challenges Turkey faces, and avoid the fragile coalition governments of the past.

Opponents say it is a step towards greater authoritarianism in a country where around 40,000 people have been arrested and 120,000 sacked or suspended from their jobs in a crackdown following a failed coup last July, drawing criticism from Turkey’s Western allies and rights groups.

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Relations between Turkey and Europe hit a low during the referendum campaign when EU countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, barred Turkish ministers from holding rallies in support of the changes. Erdogan called the moves “Nazi acts” and said Turkey could reconsider ties with the European Union after many years of seeking EU membership.

On the eve of the vote, Erdogan held four separate rallies in Istanbul, urging supporters to turn out in large numbers.

“April 16 will be a turning point for Turkey’s political history… Every vote you cast tomorrow will be a cornerstone of our revival,” he told a crowd of flag-waving supporters.

“There are only hours left now. Call all your friends, family members, acquaintances, and head to the polls,” he said.

Erdogan and the ruling AK Party, led by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, have enjoyed a disproportionate share of media coverage in the buildup to the vote, overshadowing the secular main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP).

Erdogan has sought to ridicule CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, playing videos of his gaffes during rallies, and has associated the “No” vote with support for terrorism.

Kilicdaroglu has accused Erdogan of seeking a “one-man regime”, and said the proposed changes would put the country in danger. “This is not about right or left… this is a national issue… We will make our choices with our children and future in mind,” he said during his final rally in the capital Ankara.

Proponents of the reform argue that it would end the current “two-headed system” in which both the president and parliament are directly elected, a situation they argue could lead to deadlock. Until 2014, presidents were chosen by parliament.

The government says Turkey, faced with conflict to the south in Syria and Iraq, and a security threat from Islamic State and Kurdish PKK militants, needs strong and clear leadership to combat terrorism.

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. source

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  • Sun Rabbit

    Turkey has no business lecturing ANY European country on freedom of speech because this isn’t about freedom of speech at all. Rather, it’s a justifiiable measure to prevent a foreign government official from rallying up a 5th column of his own citizens in several European countries against their host countries.
    Erdoogan’s long-term plan is to foment a revolution here in Germany, and wants to accomplish that with the consent of all the surrounding countries by promising them pieces of Germany. I can’t find anything on this anywhere on the web, but this is what I was told by a trustworthy source.
    As for retaliation? There’s nothing he really can do EXCEPT start releasing refugees. So far he’s been receiving 3 billion Euros a year to house the refugees in Turkey, but in 2015 he asked for 6 billion and Germany said “no.” That’s why he sent over all the migrants. He can’t really close his borders to EU tourism because that’s a major source of hard currency for him. He can only blackmail us using the migrants, AND riling up his own citizens in Germany, all 1.3 million of them PLUS the 2.6 million he’s sent over in the last 5 years, all of whom have Turkish citizenship whether or not they admit this because he gave automatic citizenships to all the people coming in from Syria and Iraq. So, while we had 2.6 million mostly illegal migrants come in, 1.5 million German citizens moved out, resulting in a net LOSS of 46 BILLION Euros per year:
    Where are all these Germans leaving for? Certainly not Turkey, but countries like Czech Republic, Latvia, the Balaton area of Hungary and Mallorca, all of which (except CZ) already having sizable German enclaves.
    Not allowing Cavusoglu to speak is the only reasonable decision by the German government so far. Allowing 2.6 million migrants here when 1.3 million Germans were unemployed before that is insanity. Passing laws that give these migrants the preferrential right to employment here is even greater insanity when they couldn’t find jobs for their own people. Introducing Zwangsvermieterung laws that force people to rent their unused rooms, but enforcing those laws only selectively is also insanity.
    We don’t even know how many of these people are here. A year ago, my city of 40,000 people had on their webpage that there were 520 of them here. However, all I have to do is go outside and see that about 1/4 of all the people are non-Europeans and Muslims. Nowadays, the website admits that upwards of 20% of the city’s population is of migrant origin. This is beyond insane. We’ve already had 2 instances of gang rape, and an incident where a 16 year old immigrant kid was caught with 1.5 million Euros worth of heroin. The underground parking lots are all empty now and you can see the digital signs saying “223/225 spaces free” after a string of horrific robbery beatings of old people. Nobody out on the streets anymore after 9 pm except roving gangs of migrants.
    So, not allowing Cavusoglu to rally these criminal elements against us is the only reasonable response. Would Turkey allow a GERMAN representative to go there and make speeches? If it’s anything like their policy on church construction in Turkey, where they haven’t allowed any new churches in many years, the answer is obvious. Yet we bend over backwards for them by removing all crucifixes from hospital rooms and banning all pork in school cafeterias.
    Western Europe has been infiltrated and our leaders have betrayed our interests.

    • Sun Rabbit

      The migrats actually remind me of the Sleestak from Land of the Lost because they only come out at night and always travel in groups of 4.

  • Judge Roy Bean

    Why would the gobblers want to give him unlimited Turkey power?

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