Curious. I have to pinch myself to believe it. The Western press is waking up to what is happening in Turkey. A few years ago, all it ever said was that Erdoğan was a fine, upstanding Islamist democrat, and looked the other way during events such as the 2010 referendum on constitutional amendment including a dangerous change that brought the judiciary under direct political control.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mas ... 372700dade
Erdogan organized a sham ballot, using tactics familiar among dictators. The authorities manipulated both the casting and counting of ballots. Erdogan quickly declared victory, creating a fait accomplis.
The referendum marks the death of Turkish democracy.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/worl ... fraud.html
One observer group said that 2.5 million votes — roughly twice the margin of victory — are under question. “It seems credible that 2.5 million were manipulated, but we are not 100 percent sure,” Andrej Hunko, a German lawmaker who observed the election on behalf of the Council of Europe, said by telephone.
https://www.aei.org/publication/more-tu ... d-exposed/
Erdogan may control the media in Turkey, but no matter how dedicated his partisans are to him, he cannot suppress evidence of massive fraud which seems to have changed the outcome of the referendum.
Erdogan may see himself as president, but if he does not allow independent bodies to recount ballots based on the actual rules put in place before the election, he will be seen not only by the outside world but also by more than half of all Turks as little more than one more coup leader in Turkey’s troubled history.
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/tur ... 87246.html
What critics claim is the openly fraudulent Turkish referendum ends parliamentary democracy in the country and gives President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dictatorial powers. The most unexpected aspect of the poll on Sunday was not the declared outcome, but that the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) allegedly found it necessary to fix the vote quite so blatantly.
The tightness of the final outcome of the referendum – 51.4 per cent “yes” to the constitutional changes and 48.59 per cent voting “no” – shows that the “no” voters would have been in the majority in any fairly conducted election.