US/Russia Support Flawed Turkish Constitutional Referendum Result

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
US/Russia Support Flawed Turkish Constitutional Referendum Results

by Stephen Lendman

On Sunday, Turkey's deplorably weak democracy died. Erdogan's power-grab succeeded, ending it.  

The constitutional referendum lets him declare emergency rule and govern by decree, including dissolving parliament and calling new elections if he wishes.

An OSCE observer mission monitoring the referendum campaign and Sunday's vote raised serious questions about its legitimacy.

Procedures "fell short" of international standards, it said. Numerous irregularities occurred. On April 17, an OSCE press release said in part:

"The 16 April constitutional referendum in Turkey was contested on an unlevel playing field, and the two sides in the campaign did not have equal opportunities."

"(L)imitations on fundamental freedoms had a negative effect…(T)he referendum did not live up to Council of Europe standards. The le
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