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How significant is the referendum victory for Erdogan?

Turkish referendum a success for Erdogan

No outright victory as margins were narrow

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Turkey's referendum is a victory for President Erdogan and spells the end of a free and democratic country, supposes Yavuz Baydar of the Guardian. He compares Erdogan’s monopolization of power and repression of any forms of resistance to those of the Nazis in the 1930s. Highlighting the government’s already violent submission of protests and bullying of journalists, Baydar worries about the future of the free Turkish press. He speculates that journalists will now be punished for challenging the government and exposing corruption, envisioning a future where the press will parrots Erdogan’s will.

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The referendum's margins of victory for Turkish President Erdogan were narrower than expected, writes Ishaan Tharoor of the Washington Post. He explains that this was not an outright victory and that Turkey's division will strengthen the deep antagonism towards Erdogan. Though Erdogan’s referendum success will increase his political influence, it is a double-edged sword, indicates Tharoor. He looks at the views of experts and journalists, which suggest that the accusations of tampering with results will fuel resistance against the Turkish leader.

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