Turkey referendum: What are the main issues and process?

His position, adopted past year in an abrupt reversal, has so divided the party that it now appears on course to fall below the 10 percent threshhold needed to win seats.

April. 15: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has discarded claims of a regime change after Sunday's referendum on constitutional amendments.

Hailing the grand days of the Ottoman Empire, supporters of President Erdogan say he is the strong man who has made their country great again - and should be given even more power.

"They said that if there is a "yes" vote, it would mean there are problems here".

"Some predict the rate to be below 55 percent while others say it is likely to be between 55-60 percent", he said. That "unduly invests the weight of the decisions and the power of the executive on the president". And in every single campaign speech, he has said that he would sign any Bill restoring capital punishment, a move that would automatically end Turkey's bid to join the bloc. "We buried them and continue to do so".

Turkey's Islamist leader has tousled with several European governments over their reluctance to allow his surrogates, including cabinet ministers, to campaign for a "yes" vote among ethnic Turks in their countries. But, it is uncertain how the party will vote.

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"If this referendum passes, the losers will be the nationalists and the MHP", Okutan added. It is virulently opposed to autonomy for Turkey's Kurdish minority. Mehmet Ali Agca, who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paull II in 1981, was among the youth group's members. But he has spent less time on the details of the proposed constitutional reforms. "They both have slanted eyes", he said in a 2015 newspaper interview, prompting widespread ridicule on social media.

Security efforts have been heightened ahead of the vote, but Kurdish militants on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on a police compound in southeast Turkey that killed three people.

But if voters choose "no", Erdogan won't be deterred.

Former interior minister Meral Aksener, a two-decade veteran of politics, was seen as the most credible internal challenger to Bahceli until she was expelled from the MHP previous year.

In the Istanbul opposition run neighborhood of Beaiktas, "No" campaign advertising is clearly dominant, yet many argue the playing field ahead of the vote is far from level. "This is not your duty", he told a crowd in Konya.

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