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>> The Turkish President casts his vote in an election which could change the face of politics in the country. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to replace Turkey's current political state with an all-powerful presidency. The latest opinion polls give a narrow lead for a yes vote which could see Erdogan able to stay in office until at least 2029.
Reuters' Nick Tattersall says the vote is dividing opinion in Turkey.>> Well, this is a historic vote that could change Turkey's political landscape, really in the most profound way since the foundation of the modern republic almost a century ago. For Erdogan supporters, they see a chance for him to really cement his position as Turkey's most powerful and influential leader since Ataturk.
For his opponents, they fear that the yes vote in this is referendum would mean a lurch towards authoritarianism, and a move for Turkey away from the Western values on democracy and free speech that they would like to see. So, it really is a hugely important vote for Turkey.
>> Erdogan, and those voting yes, say the changes are needed to amend the current constitution, and to overcome the security and political challenges Turkey faces. Opponents say a yes vote would be dangerous for the country in the wake of a crackdown by Erdogan which has seen some 47,000 people jailed and 120,000 sacked or suspended from their jobs following a failed coup last July.
Despite the move drawing criticism from Turkey's Western allies, Erdogan has implied that he'll continue the purge if the referendum falls in his favor. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim voting too, if the yes vote wins his role will be abolished, the new executive president also able to draft the budget and declare a state of emergency.
If the yes predicting pollsters are right or wrong, Turkey is at a crossroads, and it may well remain at them for some time to come.