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Turks to vote on constitutional change

Turks to vote on constitutional change

Turkish politicians are making their final campaign declarations before a referendum Sunday on changes to a constitution that was crafted in the wake of the 1980 military coup.
The government asserts that the amendments will make Turkey more democratic in line with efforts to join the European Union. Provisions include making the military more accountable to civilian courts. The opposition, however, says the reform package masks an attempt to assert control over the judicial branch.
The dispute reflects divisions between the Islamic-oriented government and traditional power elites that believe Turkey's secular principles are under threat.
About 50 million Turks, or two-thirds of the population, are eligible to vote in the referendum. Surveys indicate a tight contest.


Updated : 2021-08-02 17:25 GMT+08:00