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How does Muslim world view Erdogan's referendum win?

Turkey's referendum, which gave rise to fresh debate with the West, is also likely to affect Turkey's relations with the East, especially the Middle East.
Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan celebrate in Istanbul April 16, 2017. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir - RTS12K66
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Turkish voters' narrow approval of an executive presidency April 16 will weaken the separation of powers, render control mechanisms useless and significantly influence the direction of the country's foreign policies.

The disputed 51% “yes” vote can't contribute to building new bridges to Europe. The amendments contradict the spirit of European Union criteria. Allegations by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that the voting was not just and transparent instantly produced a new breaking point in already-fragile Europe-Turkey relations. It certainly will not be easy for EU members to sustain their policy of keeping Turkey pacified.

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