Turkish President rejects regime shift after referendum on constitutional amendments

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Ankara [Turkey], Apr. 15 (ANI): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has discarded claims of a regime change after Sunday's referendum on constitutional amendments. "In my 40 years of political life, I have had no such claims to change the regime," Anadolu news agency quoted Erdogan as saying in an interview to a local news channel. He said the debates on regime change ended in the country after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk established a modern Turkey as a republic. Erdogan said that the present government system is not responding to current needs. Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has claimed that the constitutional change would lead to a regime change. Expressing confidence over the poll predictions, Erdogan said that almost all polls predicted a 'Yes' victory. The people of Turkey will vote on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional amendments passed by the Turkish parliament earlier this year that would hand wide-ranging executive powers to the president. Turkish parliament had this year in January passed the 18-article bill with 339 votes in favour which was nine more than the required number to put the proposals to a referendum. The proposal would boost executive powers of the president if it is passed. (ANI)