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Erdogan appears to have started ‘yes’ campaign for public referendum on Saturday

President Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday appeared to be asking his followers in Istanbul to support the constitutional change in an upcoming referendum.

This shows that the earlier reports regarding Erdogan’s intentions to campaign for referendum to say ‘yes’ on constitutional changes are accurate.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of a new metro line in Istanbul’s Pendik district, which has been already in use for at least 6 months, Erdoğan argued: “I believe that you will walk to the future by working day and night in this campaign for the referendum.”

Turkish parliament voted in favor a new constitutional amendment bill on Jan. 21. A referendum is expected to be held early April following Erdoğan’s approval in the coming days.

“Now I hope the nation will make a real decision,” he said.

Proposed changes to the constitution require a simple majority in the referendum. Replacing Turkey’s current parliamentary system with a presidential one is the question expected to be submitted to the electorate.

WHattı & HDN

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