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Turkish opposition licks its wounds after defeat

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Turkish opposition licks its wounds after defeat


As the scale of victory became apparent, ‘yes’ supporters flooded onto the streets to celebrate.
Despite complaints that there had not been enough debate, and that many of the issues were unclear, many people thought it represents a fresh start for Turkey. The opposition, though, came out fighting.

“In the referendum, 42 per cent of our citizens voted against this constitutional package, and 23 per cent didn’t vote at all,” said Republican People’s Party leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu.“This must not be under-estimated. With 42 per cent, for sure our party has a very important role to play.”

While the ruling AK Party took a risk and won, the opposition will be wondering where it all went wrong, when the polls had suggested the referendum would be too close to call.

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