Speaking yesterday live on CNN Turk, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey’s main opposition party the Republican People’s Party (CHP), said, “The proposed constitutional package and Syria’s constitution is almost identical. So why did we criticise Assad? Does that regime suit Turkey? It is not right. Maybe it is applicable for North Korea. There is a dictator in North Korea. Now, is Turkey going to adopt the North Korea model?”
In response to a question on whether the CHP was ready for the referendum, Kilicdaroglu said, “We are ready. We have no problems. The result will be no, I’m certain. Because no one would vote to turn their own political representatives into second class politicians. The national will is being represented in parliament. No one would want one person to have the authority to disband parliament. This is why I think the referendum will result in a no.”
“Everyone must think before they head to the ballot box. To say ‘I am protesting the referendum’ will mean you are a casting a ‘yes’ vote”, Kilicdaroglu warned.
Turkey is expected to go to constitutional referendum in early April.