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CHP: Referendum will deepen problems

CHP Genel Baskan Yardimcisi ve Istanbul Milletvekili Sezgin Tanrikulu TBMM'de basin toplantisi duzenledi. 29 Eylul 2014 / Mustafa Kirazli
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Aljazeera published an article on the referendum in Turkey. 

Only a few days remain before Turkish voters decide if they want to be governed by a presidential office with significantly increased powers.

The proposed constitutional changes in the April 16 referendum seek to transform Turkey’s current system to an executive presidential system.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and far-right Nationalist Action Party (MHP) say the new system will make Turkey more efficient and stable.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party and other critics argue the amendments will give too much power to one individual, undermining the separation of powers in the government.

TURKEY HAS BEEN UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY SINCE A GROUP IN THE TURKISH ARMY

Turkey has been under a state of emergency since a group in the Turkish army tried to overthrow the government in a failed coup attempt that killed around 300 people in total.

And Ankara’s relations with the European Union (EU), particularly with Germany and the Netherlands, have been tense since last month after these two EU member states barred Turkish ministers from rallying at referendum campaign gatherings within their borders, where millions of Turkish voters live.

Al Jazeera speaks to Sezgin Tanrikulu, a senior CHP MP who leads the party’s “No” campaign, on the recent developments in advance of the referendum, his views about the constitutional changes and his response to the ad

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