Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory in the referendum on granting him sweeping new powers, saying it was won by a clear majority.I think it's fairly likely that Turkey is about to become a "democracy in name only" nation, like Russia. Erdogan says that his new system will be like the American one, except that in the United States, the president has no power over the judiciary, other than the power to nominate appointments to the Senate.
He was speaking in Istanbul as the count neared completion. With more than 99% of ballots counted, "Yes" was on 51.36% and "No" on 48.64%.
Erdogan supporters say replacing the parliamentary system with an executive presidency will modernise the country.
Well, other than the odd military coup, Turkey had a pretty good run, of almost a hundred years.