– Erdogan pledges to Stand firm ahead of a constitutional referendum next month;
– He maintained that an executive presidency and the abolition of PM’s post would be of help to Turkey economically and security wise
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during the commemoration of the World War I campaign, has pledged to “keep on standing firm” despite “Germans, Dutch, Austrians, Swiss, Belgians, Danes or whoever it is” ahead of a constitutional referendum next month on whether to expand his powers.
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Speaking in the Aegean port of Canakkale, near where Ottoman armies held off an Allied expeditionary force in 1915-1916, Erdogan criticised some European countries that have prevented Turkish ministers from campaigning for votes in the Turkish diaspora.
“Let them try and hinder them. Whether Germans, Dutch, Austrians, Swiss, Belgians, Danes or whoever it is, know that your president has stood firm and will keep on standing firm,” he said.
Erdogan maintained that an executive presidency and the abolition of the prime minister’s post would help Turkey develop economically and deal with security challenges.
The March 18 anniversary marks the beginning of an Allied naval bombardment near Canakkale, at the Dardanelles strait during the World War I.