Turkish Premier Vows to Eradicate Terrorism After Referendum

Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Sunday vowed to put an end to terrorism in the country after the April 16 referendum on constitutional changes.

Speaking at a ‘Yes campaign’ rally in eastern Turkish Bingol province, he promised that the “terror” acts carries by PKK, ISIS and other groups would be over after April 16.

Yildirim said the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party embraced all ethnicities in Turkey, and called on everyone to be united under the Yes campaign.

He stressed that no ethnic group living in Turkey is superior to another, adding that all citizens living in the country are equal in terms of rights and duties.

Yildirim added that the proposed amendments to the constitution would further contribute to democracy.

The constitutional changes have been discussed since Recep Tayyip Erdogan was voted president in August 2014.

The 18-article bill was passed by parliament in January, with 339 votes in favor — nine more than needed to put the proposal to a referendum.

The proposed changes would hand wide-ranging executive powers to the president and the post of prime minister would be abolished. The president would also be allowed to retain ties to a political party.

Source: Qatar News Agency