Trump supports dictatorship in Turkey

This video from the USA says about itself:

Is Turkey Becoming a Dictatorship?: Erdogan Claims Victory in Vote to Give President Sweeping Powers

17 April 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory in Sunday’s referendum over whether to give sweeping powers to the president, but Turkey’s main opposition party is calling for the referendum results to be tossed out, citing irregularities. According to unofficial results, just 51 percent of voters approved the sweeping change. Turkey’s three largest cities—Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir—all voted against [in] the referendum. The opposition says they’ve received thousands of reports of voter fraud, including some alleged instances caught on camera. Critics say the constitutional changes will allow Erdogan to rule until at least 2029, if not longer, and could turn Turkey into a dictatorship. Earlier today, Turkey announced it would extend its state of emergency put in place after an attempted coup last year.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

President Trump has congratulated the Turkish president Erdogan on his victory in the referendum. Trump called him yesterday to convey his congratulations, despite concerns from observers on the conduct of the referendum.

According to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), there were many irregularities that were to the detriment of the ‘no’ camp. Eg, the yes camp received much more attention in the media and no voters are said to have been intimidated. …

From Europe Erdogan received no congratulations. …

Observers are, eg, critical of the state of emergency in Turkey, which is said to have been exploited by county administrators to ban election rallies of the no camp.

Trump thanked Erdogan for supporting his attack on an air base in Syria: here.

The many, many problems of President Donald Trump’s call to Turkey’s president.

Turkey’s New Constitution [what the referendum was about] Would End Its Democracy: here.


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