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Tensions High In Turkey Ahead Of Constitutional Referendum

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Turks vote Sunday on a referendum that would increase the power of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. If it passes, the measure will scrap the post of prime minister and consolidate power in the presidency.

The vote has become somewhat of a referendum on Erdoğan himself, who last year survived a failed coup attempt and emerged stronger than ever. Critics worry a "yes" vote on Sunday would further empower a leader they say has dictatorial tendencies, while Erdoğan's supporters say the constitutional changes would give their leader the authority he needs to strengthen the economy and fight terrorism.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with the BBC's Mark Lowen (@marklowen) ahead of the historic vote.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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