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Fear That Turkey's Vote Closes Door On Democracy06:54

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Supporters of the "yes" vote wave Turkish National flags and flags depicting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they cheer during his speech at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, on April 17, 2017, following the results in a nationwide referendum. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)closemore
Supporters of the "yes" vote wave Turkish National flags and flags depicting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they cheer during his speech at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, on April 17, 2017, following the results in a nationwide referendum. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey's referendum changes the constitution and gives sweeping powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan's victory was narrow and opposition parties are calling for a recount due to voter irregularities.

Steven Cook (@stevenacook) is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and focuses on Arab and Turkish politics. He tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson that the referendum further empowers an authoritarian president and is an impediment to democracy.

This segment aired on April 18, 2017.

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