This is a pretty big deal. The result of the referendum to expand Presidential powers was very narrow, and Turkey’s elections governing body decided at the last minute to accept ballots that aren’t officially stamped at the voting place, which is against Turkish laws as they’re written and which are designed to prevent ballot-stuffing. Erdoğan’s ‘victory’ in this referendum grants significantly more power to the President (Erdoğan) and eliminates most of the oversight powers the Turkish legislature has had over the President. Trump and some middle eastern nations congratulated Erdoğan, while European leaders have expressed concern. Erdoğan disregarded western criticism with a notably provocative statement, denouncing the West’s “crusader mentality”. Turkey may be a member of NATO, but it would be foolhardy to continue to trust it as a NATO ally.
Interesting times, to say the least.