In attempt to provide himself with more executive, legislative, and judicial power, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is actively diminishing the democracy of the Muslim nation. This action may prove threatening to Christians and other religious minorities as this president has previously proved to favor the Muslim community. Reports suggest that Erdogan has initiated this change and is solidifying this power through voter fraud and other violations.
4/20/2017 Turkey (CBN) – By weakening Turkey’s democracy, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ensured the continued erosion of conditions for Christians, Jews and other religious minorities in the Muslim majority nation.
If the referendum, narrowly approved by voters stands, Erdogan will gain executive, legislative and judicial powers. Serious allegations of voter fraud have been launched by international monitors and his political opponents have already vowed to appeal the vote.
“There are hundreds of cases of ballot box stuffing. What’s even more scandalous is the Supreme Council of Election changed the rules of counting over an hour into the counting which is always an embarrassing smoking gun for the government,” Dr. Aykan Erdemir tells Beltway Buzz.
Erdemir is a Muslim Turk who served in Turkish Parliament from 2011 to 2015. He’s dedicated his career to defending minority rights and religious freedom in Turkey. He’s now a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C.