Greetings to Turkey on Affirmative Referendum

Greetings to Turkey on Affirmative ReferendumGreetings to Turkey on Affirmative Referendum

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif offered his congratulations over the Turkish people’s “Yes” vote in a referendum allowing changes to the country’s constitution.

Zarif congratulated his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, in a phone call on Monday, Press TV reported.

The top Iranian diplomat hoped that the development would reinforce stability and peace in Turkey.

Turkey held a referendum on Sunday on a package of constitutional changes. Later in the day, Erdogan, who had campaigned heavily for a “Yes” vote, declared victory. The president said 51.5% of the voters supported the reforms. The reforms will change Turkey’s parliamentary system into a presidential one, the office of the prime minister will be abolished, the president will appoint the Cabinet and an unspecified number of vice presidents, and will be able to select and remove senior civil servants without parliamentary approval.

The changes would also potentially keep Erdogan in power until 2029. He has already been there since 2003.


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