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In divided Turkey, president defends victory in referendum granting new powers

April 17, 2017 8:53 PM
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In divided Turkey, president defends victory in referendum granting new powers

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vigorously defended his narrow victory in a referendum granting him greater authority, dismissing criticism of the result by Turkish opposition parties, European election observers and protesters while making clear his government was moving on.

“Debate about this issue is now over,” he said in an occasionally combative speech at his sprawling presidential palace that referenced the 25 million voters who had supported the measure. “We are not going to stop,” he said.

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