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Ercan Gurses

Mar 21 2017

No more Turkish rallies in Germany before referendum: organizers

BERLIN/ANKARA Turkish leaders will hold no further campaign rallies in Germany before Turkey's April 16 referendum, organizers said on Tuesday, after an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they were not welcome.

Mar 14 2017

Turkey's Erdogan warns Dutch, minister floats economic sanctions

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the Netherlands that he could take further steps in a deepening diplomatic row, while a government spokesman in Ankara said economic sanctions could be coming. | Video

Feb 25 2017

Turkish PM seeks backing for 'strong, stable' Turkey in April vote

ANKARA Turkey's prime minister called on voters on Saturday to back a change to the constitution in an April referendum that would greatly strengthen President Tayyip Erdogan's powers, portraying the reform as a vote for stability. | Video

Feb 16 2017

Erdogan risks losing Turkish swing voters with harsh referendum rhetoric

ANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan has made abundantly clear how he sees an April 16 referendum to change Turkey's constitution and create a stronger presidency - those who vote "no", he says, are siding with supporters of terrorism and a failed coup.

Feb 01 2017

Turkey aims to bolster local drug production, minister says

ANKARA Turkey will guarantee the purchase of some medical products that international firms produce domestically, the health minister told Reuters this week, a strategy aimed at cutting reliance on imports and bringing in some $1.3 billion in new investment.

Jan 27 2017

Social media battle lines drawn ahead of Turkish vote

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Campaigning has not officially started, but a string of video "selfies" by the likes of sports stars, actors and cabinet ministers has already launched a divisive debate on plans that would hand Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers.

Jan 12 2017

Erdogan calls for Turkish 'national mobilisation' to defend lira

ANKARA/ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan accused Turkey's enemies on Thursday of using currency speculation to try to topple the state and urged the central bank to "thwart these games", saying it had all the tools it needed after the lira plunged to record lows. | Video

Dec 15 2016

Turkey could hold referendum on stronger presidency in March

ANKARA Turkey may hold a referendum as early as March on constitutional changes to expand the president's powers, a senior ruling party lawmaker said, a move that would help Tayyip Erdogan acquire the executive presidency he has long sought.

Dec 10 2016

Turkey's AK Party submits reform plans aimed at expanding president's powers

ANKARA Turkey's ruling AK Party on Saturday submitted to parliament a package of constitutional reform proposals that would expand the president's powers, party officials said, in a move that could potentially see President Tayyip Erdogan rule until 2029.

Dec 09 2016

Turkey plans spring referendum on stronger presidency, election in 2019

ANKARA Turkey will hold a referendum by next May on constitutional changes expanding the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan, who survived an attempted July coup and is now conducting a purge of suspected participants, from generals to judges and journalists.

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