The free world has lost the democratic processes of government in Turkey to the authoritarianism of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Results from Sunday's referendum to extend regal powers to Erdogan, indicate that he has won the measure for greater powers with a mere 51 percent of the vote, in a system in which, he controlled the ballot boxes.
While international observers have beckoned that voting fell short of expected standards and opposition parties have claimed foul at the ballot boxes, nothing in operation in Turkey today will stop Erdogan from assuming the strong powers he so desperately craved and desired.
Therefore, with a close ballot box assumed victory, Erdogan has positioned himself as the lone strong man of NATO-member, Turkey, a position he could hold until death or until 2029.
Hence, the parliamentary system in Turkey will be abandoned along with the position of prime minister. Erdogan will have powers to appoint ministers of government along with senior members of the judiciary and power to make decrees as he sees fit.
Democracy has therefore died in Turkey with the enhanced powers given to the presidency, which, before Erdogan, was merely a ceremonial position. A new untested era begins with the coronation of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In the mean time, as has happened in Turkey, as had occurred in the United Kingdom(UK), as also once in Colombia, before a second vote changed an original vote, referendums given to the people have yielded surprising close results. Thus, the question could be raised as to whether or not referendums should require a three-quarter majority in order to be enacted.