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>> He won Turkey's referendum on Sunday and now Tayyip Erdoğan is already making changes. The referendum which the yes camp won with 51.5% of the vote cements his authority in Turkey. And Erdoğan has now announced an extension to the state of emergency, in place of the failed coup last July.
The President has swatted away the so called crusader mentality of European watchers who criticize his new control. But, he also appears to be forging alliances. US President Donald Trump called to congratulate his Turkish counterpart and to thank him for supporting a US air strike in Syria. Trump promised close cooperation on Syria, Iraq, and the fight against Kurdish militants, the positive call striking a starkly different tone to some attitudes in Turkey.
Erdoğan's narrow victory was ruled valid by the electoral body, but the main opposition is launching an appeal to invalidate the result. Insisting that they would take the challenge to the European Court of Human Rights,if necessary. Turkish prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, whose role is to be abolished under the changes, saying rumors of irregularities were a vain effort to cast out on the result.
>> This is a futile effort to discredit the referendum by spreading false rumors. The people's will has been reflected at the ballot box and the debate is over.>> The changes due to be introduced before an election in November 2019, will turn Turkey into a presidential republic similar to the US and France.
This means that Erdoğan could potentially stay in power until at least 2029.