Published On: Tue, Feb 28th, 2017

CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu says referendum is on whether Turkey wants democracy or a one-man regime

Chair of Turkey’s main opposition party CHP spoke at a meeting held at his party’s headquarters and made some strong remarks about the referendum to be held on April 16th. Kılıçdaroğlu drew attention to the dangers that the country was facing with the proposed constitutional amendments.

CHP leader explained how the proposed changes would allow the leader of a political party to have the ultimate say in most of the top critical fields, to include “appointment of judges”. He commented that what would be voted on in the upcoming referendum was “whether Turkish citizens wanted democracy or a one-man regime”. He went on to define “the crackdown and purge in the country” carried out by the government in response to a failed attempt last summer as a “civil coup” and added that Turkey was now at a “very critical turning point”.

CHP leader also reminded that the proposed amendments had not been thoroughly discussed or analyzed in a manner inclusive of all sides and experts.

Kılıçdaroğlu referred to the emergency decrees and noted that a great number of decisions, including both major ones and those as simple as the schedule of the academic year, had been regulated by the Council of Ministers and the President since the declaration of state of emergency last July and said this fact  had completely made the parliament nonfunctional”.

CHP’s referendum campaign is planned to include visits to local town and on-site and one-on-one conversations with the public, as opposed to major public meetings.


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