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Turkey's top politicians made a final effort Saturday to sway undecided voters in a frenetic end to a bitterly-contested campaign in the referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

The amendments were approved by parliament in January, but fell short of the majority required to directly come into effect without a national vote.

Erdogan said the proposed reforms could help counter a series of threats, including a failed military coup previous year and a string of deadly bombings, some attributed to Daesh. Ruling by decree through a state of emergency that has now lasted nine months, the government has fired about 130,000 civil servants, detained 71,000 people, fired 6,000 academics, 4,000 judges and prosecutors, and 24,000 police officers.

In this atmosphere, referendum opponents say it's hard to run an effective campaign. The Islamic State group has called for attacks against the referendum.

He has ridden a wave of patriotism since an abortive coup in July, casting Turkey as at peril from a cocktail of outside forces and in need of strong leadership to see off threats from Daesh, Kurdish militants, the enemies within who tried to oust him and their foreign backers. They note that Turkey has had 64 governments since the 1920s, rivaling Italy for instability.

"The dismissal of up to 134,000 public servants, without due process, compensation, or access to a proper remedy, for alleged links with organizations that the Government has chosen to proscribe, can not be justified by reference to Turkey's longstanding worldwide human rights obligations", said the United Nations ahead of this Sunday's constitutional referendum. We don't defend democracy, human rights and freedoms because they want us to, we do that because our citizens deserve it.

(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici). A supporter of the "NO" campaign holding a poster of Turkey's founder Kemal Ataturk, dances with others during a gathering ahead of the Sunday referendum, in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, April 14, 2017. He immediately announced that he would be a "different kind of president", and has taken a much more active role in running the government than his predecessors.

NCAA moves step closer to adopting early signing period
Official visits can't occur in conjunction with a prospect's participation in a school's camp or clinic (effective August 1). It's my opinion* that an early signing day wouldn't do a whole lot to curb flips and de-commits for WSU, in particular.

The unprecedented stability and prosperity of the AKP's first decade in power was to a large degree due the government's inclusivity - even if that inclusivity masked a deeper and more ugly power struggle. The 2019 vote would also abolish the office of the prime minister. Under the current Constitution, presidents are required to severe ties with their parties.

Under the new system, the president would no longer have that limit.

In Kulunk's office on Camlica Hill, once a historical hunting ground and now a popular viewing point, a signed picture of Erdogan hung on the wall next to portraits of Ataturk. Vice presidents and ministers, but not the president, could still receive written parliamentary questions.

The changes would mean that Erdogan could theoretically remain president through 2029, reports US News & World Report.

What happens after the vote? But two important provisions would kick in shortly after the vote.

The past five years, however, have seen a dramatic and disastrous shift as Mr Erdogan has reacted to a series of challenges to his authority by tightening his grip on power and governing with an ever-narrowing circle of sycophantic advisers.

Opponents of the referendum say this could badly weaken the judiciary's independence, removing another check on presidential power.