Erdoğan closes in on referendum victory with 96% of ballots counted Play

Erdoğan closes in on referendum victory with 96% of ballots counted

The constitutional referendum in Turkey appears to have ended in favour of change. With 96% of the ballots counted, the ‘Yes’ votes made up 51.5%, according to the state-run news agency Anadolu. This would mean a replacement of the parliamentary system with an executive presidency. The constitutional changes could also keep President Erdoğan in office until 2029.The opposition criticised the High Electoral Board’s decision to accept unstamped ballots. The Republican Peoples Party also claimed ‘many illegal acts’ were carried out in favour for ‘Yes’. Apr 16, 2017
Landmark referendum on sweeping presidential powers underway in Turkey Play

Landmark referendum on sweeping presidential powers underway in Turkey

Polling stations have opened for the controversial constitutional referendum in Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hopes to gain considerably more power through the changes.Critics worry the constitutional changes would grant Erdoğan authoritarian rule until 2029.International elections observers from the OSCE are attending polling stations over worries about possible manipulations of votes. Security at polling stations has also been stepped up after threats made by Isis. Apr 16, 2017
Irans Hassan Rouhani registers for second term in upcoming presidential elections Play

Irans Hassan Rouhani registers for second term in upcoming presidential elections

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will run in upcoming elections for a second term. Rouhani contributed to the landmark nuclear deal with six countries, including the US, in 2015. Hardliners in Iran believe he made too many concessions to reach a deal.Rouhani’s main rival in the elections will be conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi. Irans presidential elections will be held on 19 May. Apr 15, 2017
North Korea shows off new ICBM during founders day parade Play

North Korea shows off new ICBM during founders day parade

North Korea is celebrating the 105th birthday of the state’s founder, Kim Il-sung. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended a military parade in honour of his grandfather. New long-range and submarine-based missiles were part of the weapons displayed.The hermit state is on high alert after the US moved a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the region following North Korea’s latest long-range missile tests. North Korea warned the US it would retaliate any aggression in a ‘merciless manner’. Apr 15, 2017