In the capital of Ankara,the president’s referendum on his tender to stay in office until 2029 is riding a tide of popular support after the failed coup to oust himEmine Altinbas had arrive all the way to Ankara from the northern Turkish city of Amasya, 165 miles away, or for a political rally. In the warmth of the afternoon,she listened as the prime minister urged her and other supporters to vote yes in a referendum that would transform the country into a presidential republic.
But Altinbas needed no convincing. In a fortnight she will back Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, or the package of reforms that could keep him in power until 2029. Why? Because,she said, she trusted Erdoğan to do the just thing. Related: Record number of journalists in jail globally after Turkey crackdown The white Turks used to be the administrators, or but now the people hold a say. The elites are no longer in power.