Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he will meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in Washington.
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has underlined its resolve to use all the existing democratic channels to ensure a rerun of the controversial referendum on the country’s constitutional reform.
TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan-2029? ‘Yes’ Vote Winning in Turkey’s Constitutional Reform Referendum With Slim Majority
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in the referendum on Turkey’s constitutional reform package. With most of the ballots opened, over 51 percent of voters have supported expanding the powers of president.
Erdogan called Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the leader of the nationalist MHP party, which supported the “Yes” vote, to congratulate them, presidential sources said. They quoted Erdogan as saying the referendum result was clear.
Turks cast their votes in a referendum on Sunday that could place sweeping new powers in the hands of President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan and herald the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history.
“Turkey is not a country you can pull and push around, not a country whose citizens you can drag on the ground,” Erdogan said at an event for Turkish journalists in Ankara, in comments broadcast live on national television.
EUROPE POLITICS: Toll On Refugee, Migrant Children Continues to Mount One Year After EU-Turkey Deal: UNICEF
“While there has been a major decrease in the overall numbers of children on the move into Europe since last March, there has been an increase in the threats and distress refugee and migrant children endure,” said Afshan Khan UNICEF Regional Director and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe.
“If you want, we could open way for 15,000 refugees that we don’t send each month and blow the mind” of Europe, Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.
President Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking Turkish voters’ support in an April 16 referendum on boosting his powers as head of state, has previously accused the Dutch government of acting like “Nazi remnants” for barring his ministers from addressing expatriate Turks to drum up votes.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says the reform will provide stability at a time of turmoil and prevent a return to the fragile coalitions of the past.
Turkish President Erdogan and US President Donald Trump agreed in phone call overnight to act jointly against ISIS in the Syrian towns of al-Bab and Raqqa.
Turkey’s parliament has voted in favor in a first round ballot on a constitutional bill that will extend President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.
Turkish parliament voted on Tuesday to press on with debate about a constitutional reform package that would expand the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan
“Turkish government should know that the blood of Muslims shed with airplanes and artillery fire will ignite a fire in their own land,” Islamic State said.
Turkey News: 39 people were killed early New Year’s Day after a gunman opened fire inside Reina, a popular Istanbul nightclub, local officials said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says, “They (West) are supporting all terror groups — YPG, PYD, Daesh (IS). It’s quite clear, perfectly obvious.”
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, “The EU should decide whether it wants to continue its future vision with or without Turkey.”
“Turkey is too important to us,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
“Turkey is an EU candidate and that means they have to accept that we apply higher standards,” said European Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
“Brother, we don’t care about your red line. It’s the people who draw the red line. What importance does your line have,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.