Erdoğan asks followers to support referendum campaign
AA photoPresident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Jan. 21 asked his followers in Istanbul to support the constitutional change in an upcoming referendum.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a new metro line in Istanbul’s Pendik district, Erdoğan said: “I believe that you will walk to the future by working day and night in this campaign for the referendum.”
Turkish parliament voted in favor a new constitutional amendment bill early on Jan. 21. A referendum is expected to be held early April following Erdoğan’s approval in the coming days.
“Now I hope the nation will make a real decision,” he said.
Proposed changes to the constitution require a simple majority in the referendum. Replacing Turkey’s current parliamentary system with a presidential one is the question expected to be submitted to the electorate.