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Apr 19 2017
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Fatih Yagmur, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Turkish referendum result. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 79 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 124 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Recep Tayyip Erdogan is: “Our concern is not what George or Hans or Helga says. Our concern is what Hatice, Ayse, Fatma, Ahmet, Mehmet, Hasan, Huseyin says. What Allah says. That's why our parliament will make this decision.”.
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Jennifer Rubin

A reasonable debate can be had about how much we can attempt to pressure allies on human rights abuses - and how publicly we should do so. We noted yesterday that the balancing act with a NATO ally such as Turkey in a difficult part of the world can be quite nettlesome. It is obvious - to everyone but President Trump - that at the very least we shouldn’t be rewarding or praising behavior that is contrary to our values and which in the long run will make those countries less stable.feedback

Kati Piri

As rapporteur, I'll continue to stand by all those fighting for democracy and fundamental rights in Turkey. Today's outcome shows there are millions of Turkish citizens who share the same European values and who chose a different future for their country. The EU should never close the door to them.feedback

Cem Oezdemir

The election result also shows that we have a long way to go in terms of integration. We must fully accept the values and constitution of our country if we want to be here in the long run.feedback

Gerda Hasselfeldt

If the results are to be trusted, a large majority of the Turks who enjoy all democratic rights here either did not vote at all or agreed to concemn their countrymen to live in an authoritarian state.feedback

Alice Weidel

Erdogan's fifth column should go back where they clearly like it best and where they belong: Turkey.feedback

Andrej Hunko

It seems credible that 2.5 million were manipulated, but we are not 100 percent sure. We were hindered by police forces in a way that I have never experienced in any observation mission. Yesterday was not a free or a fair election. It was not fair generally and it was not free in part of the country, the southeast. If you have thousands in prison and they cannot vote, you cannot talk about free elections.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

Calls for a negative open come after a mixed return by Asian investors following the long Easter weekend, at odds with last night's positive close on Wall Street. Geopolitical concerns may be off the boil and safe haven assets off their best, but they continue to simmer be it from a nuclear standpoint on the North Korean peninsula or politically in France and Turkey and across the Atlantic with the US Treasury secretary suggesting Healthcare bill problems will delay tax cuts.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We have put up a fight against the powerful nations of the world. The crusader mentality attacked us abroad... We did not succumb. As a nation, we stood strong. Either they will hold their promises to Turkey or they'll have to bear the consequences.feedback

Sebastian Kurz

We can›t just go back to the daily routine after the Turkey referendum. We finally need some honesty in the relationship between the EU and Turkey.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

I think it's actually the 'best' outcome. If Erdogan had lost, this would have unleashed a period of instability as he would have gone for a rerun of the vote as many analysts predicted he would, and if he had won with a wide margin, he would 'gone off the charts,' becoming completely authoritarian. Now, his wings have been clipped and he has been humbled. This is the crisis of Turkey now: Erdogan has become the most powerful Turk, but while half of the country adores him, the other half loathes him.feedback

Larry Diamond

When did it happen? Was it in 2014, when the AKP further consolidated its hegemonic grip on power in the March local-government elections and the August presidential election? Or was it, as some liberal Turks insist, several years before, as media freedoms were visibly diminishing and an ever-wider circle of alleged coup plotters was being targeted in the highly politicized Ergenekon trials?feedback

Jennifer Rubin

A vote to grant new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sparked fresh arguments in a divided Turkey on Monday, as opposition parties called for the annulment of the referendum results and Erdogan insisted the debate over the outcome should stop.feedback

Chris Cummins - Euronews

So, we now have a situation with more powers heading to the office of president, but what about the opposition in Turkey, what's its future?feedback

Chris Cummins - Euronews

So what is Erdogan's grand plan for Turkey? How does he perceive himself?feedback

Ece Temelkuran

As we all know such regimes as Erdogan's run on hostility and feelings of hatred. Nationalist sentiments have been stirred so much so that I think all the people who have voted 'NO' are now deeply intimidated and they are concerned about their lives, not lifestyles, but lives and I'm probably not exaggerating this. Clearly his personal goal is to exist, because this referendum was a life and death matter for him. If he did lose it could have been, you know, he could have ended up in international courts and so on and so forth. So his personal goal is to keep his rule in tact.feedback

Chris Cummins - Euronews

How about Turkey's international relations, is this the death knell for Ankara's EU aspirations?feedback

Ece Temelkuran

Turkish media have been completely silenced or seized by government forces, therefore the only thing we depend on for truth is international media. This is serious, millions of people in Turkey are feeling homeless in their own country, so we are losing our country. This is more than a debate about post-truth, or reality or fact-checking or something else, this is real-time happening, it's a disaster happening real-time. So I think journalists should be aware of their ultimate duty of telling the truth, the entire truth.feedback

Ece Temelkuran

Turkey is becoming more and more Middle Eastern, which half of the country openly resisted yesterday and they risked their lives by doing so.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

This is what I have been saying all the time in the rallies. God willing this issue will come to parliament. When it is passed by parliament, I'll approve it, because we don't have the power to forgive the killers of our martyred soldiers.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

The result shows that Turkish society is deeply divided. It will largely depend on whether President Erdogan does everything possible to go after his opponents… We in Europe have to think about what possibilities we have to exert influence so that the country remains democratic.feedback

Cezar Florin Preda

The 16th April constitutional referendum took place on an unlevel playing field and the two side of the campaign did not have equal opportunities. Voters were not provided with impartial information about key aspect of the reform.feedback

Kenan Kolat

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will continue to take drastic measures and try to get everything he wants done. But then he will get resistance, and that resistance will also be on the streets. Therefore we need to use every democratic opportunity to oppose all this.feedback

Tana de Zulueta

The referendum took place in a political environment in which fundamental freedoms essential to a genuinely democratic process were curtailed under the state of emergency. Our monitoring showed the 'Yes' campaign dominated the media coverage and this, along with restrictions on the media, the arrests of journalists and the closure of media outlets, reduced voters' access to a plurality of views. The (Supreme Electoral Board) issued instructions late in the day that significantly changed the ballot validity criteria, undermining an important safeguard and contradicting the law.feedback

Yakup Yeldiz

You can see on social media the shenanigans and the vote stealing that went on. The High Electoral Board has acted like this is a coup.feedback

Yakup Yeldiz

When people on the Right are angry they reach for weapons. When people on the Left are angry they reach for pots and pans.feedback

Bulent Tezcan

There is only one way to end the discussions about the vote's legitimacy and to put the people at ease, and that is for the Supreme Electoral Board to cancel the vote. This is not a text of social consensus but one of social division. There is a serious and solid problem of legitimacy that will forever be debated.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

The Supreme Electoral Board changed rules mid-game, after the ballot envelopes were opened, in a way contrary to laws. There is no question of changing the rules in the middle of the game.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

Surrendering the Republic of Turkey to one person is a heavy sin. It's very heavy. Can there be a state without rights and justice?feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

April 16 is the victory of all who said 'yes' or 'no,' of the whole 80 million, of the whole of Turkey. There are those who are belittling the result. They shouldn't try, it will be in vain. It's too late now.feedback

Binali Yildirim

There is no loser in this referendum, but only one winner: Turkey and its noble Turkish people.feedback

Semih Idiz

The playing field was never level. All the state's infrastructure and funds went to promote the yes vote.feedback

Howard Eissenstat

I suspect the result was narrower than what Erdogan expected. Erdogan has ruled with a narrow victory before. He does not see a narrow victory as anything less than a mandate. His tendency has been to not to co-opt the opposition but to crush it.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Given the suppression of the 'no' campaign, the fact that much of the [pro-Kurdish] Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) leadership is in jail, and that the government's effective control of the media ensured a massive imbalance in campaign coverage, the 'no' campaign did very well. For Erdogan, a narrow win is still a win. He is unlikely to either slow his consolidation of power or reach out in meaningful ways to the opposition. He promised a 'yes' vote would result in more stability and a return of economic growth. I suspect that neither of these things is true.feedback

Terry George

It was like a reverse mirror image of us. Basically the argument is the Turkish government's argument, that there was an uprising and it was bad and we had to move these people out of the war zone – which, if applied to the Nazis in Poland would be: 'Oh, there was an uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto and we need to move these Jews out of the war zone'. The film is remarkably similar in terms of structure and look, even.feedback

Eric Esrailian

One of the big things for us was taking the darkness of the Armenian genocide and moving it into the light. Genocide denial is one phase of genocide. The way systematic denial has tried to crush it and bury the truth for so many years, it's amazing to see it all come to light now.feedback

Eric Esrailian

It's still a movie. It's not a political statement. It's just the truth.feedback

Seckin Ozdemir

Inflation was at 70 to 80 percent before him. It's as low as 9 percent nowadays.feedback

Yusuf Parlayan

We are voting 'yes' because the European Union is saying 'no.feedback

Seckin Ozdemir

People's purchasing power has increased. Health care was really bad, but now it has gotten a lot better.feedback

Cezar Florin Preda

On referendum day there were no major problems, except in some regions, however we can only regret the absence of civil society observers in polling stations. In general, the referendum did not live up to Council of Europe standards. The legal framework was inadequate for the holding of a genuinely democratic process.feedback

Marc Pierini

The impact of this referendum in terms of Turkey's democratic credentials on the world stage is unfortunately negative. Both the unfair campaign and the substantive reforms that will now be implemented take Turkey away from the prospect of a political alliance with the EU. However, this new state of affairs may suit both president Erdogan and EU leaders.feedback

Francois Hollande

It's up to the Turks and them alone to decide on how they organise their political institutions, but the published results show that Turkish society is divided about the planned deep reforms.feedback

Mehmet Simsek

Yesterday the president made it very clear that elections will be held in November 2019. It is very clear. We have work to do. In economic terms this is huge ... you have got five years to execute your programme. Stability on its own is necessary but not sufficient. It has to be complemented with reforms.feedback

Ismail Calisan

I don't see the country is going down a good path. Tayyip Erdogan may have done more good than the other big players (of Turkish politics) ... but I think of Tayyip Erdogan as just the best of the worst.feedback

Bulent Tezcan

The High Electoral Board has changed the rules after the voting started. There is a clear clause in electoral law saying unstamped ballots will be invalid and the High Electoral Board issued its notice in compliance with this law.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

It's too late now. April 16 is the victory of all who said yes or no, of the whole 80 million, of the whole of Turkey of 780,000 square kilometers. There are those who are belittling the result. They shouldn't try. It will be in vain. It's too late now.feedback

Gonul Tol

Today's result means he lost ground among his own constituency and could not mobilise the nationalists as much as he wanted to. All this requires a different tone for the upcoming presidential elections in 2019. He has to appeal to the centre, take major steps to address the downward turn in Turkish economy. In this context, a return to the negotiations with the Kurds has a better chance than it would have if he won a landslide victory, especially given that he fared better than expected among the Kurdish electorate.feedback

Ragip Soylu

I think the international media have focused more on Erdogan's personality and less on social polarisation, and what Turkish people have gone through for the last four years. Considering all of these problems, crises and hardships, the majority of the voters chose stability, and a system that provides more control and powers to Turkish government that can be influential to prevent further setbacks. The new system also creates a stronger presidency that can swiftly act against the crisis.feedback

Ziya Meral

Both the close margins and disputed votes will taint Erdogan's sense of victory and ease of handling the process to follow. This strengthens the Turkish opposition but also would mean international actors will be more vocal about asking for some of the proposed changes not to go ahead. That can be seen in the Council of Europe's statement already asking for the independence of the judiciary to be respected. The next phase will be socially and politically intense, with protests and harsh political polemics.feedback

Binali Yildirim

We are all equal citizens of the Republic of Turkey. Both the ones who said 'no' and the ones who said 'yes' are one and are equally valuable. There are no losers of this referendum. Turkey won, the beloved people won. A new page has opened in our democratic history with this vote. Be sure that we will use this result for our people's welfare and peace in the best way.feedback

Binali Yildirim

Whatever the result is, we will hold it in high esteem. The decision of our nation is the most beautiful decision.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Who are you? First know your place. You cannot meddle in what happens. We need to make a decision that is beyond the ordinary. I believe in my nation's democratic common sense.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We have held referendums before. But this referendum is now about a new administrative system for the Republic of Turkey, it's a choice for change and transformation. We need to make a decision that is beyond the ordinary. I believe in my nation's democratic common sense.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Tomorrow is very important, you must absolutely go to the polls. Don't forget that the vote is our honour.feedback

Mehmet Gacgili

We collapsed the Sultan's system and we changed to a republic and now we want to go back?feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

This is not about right or left... this is a national issue... We will make our choices with our children and future in mind.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

April 16 will be a turning point for Turkey's political history... Every vote you cast tomorrow will be a cornerstone of our revival. There are only hours left now. Call all your friends, family members, acquaintances, and head to the polls.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

The 'yes' camp still doesn't feel safe. It's still searching for foreign enemies and conspiracies to mobilize nationalist and Islamist support.feedback

Ahmet Sayar

I hope the result will be the best for our country because this referendum will determine the future of our children.feedback

Howard Eissenstat

His populism is effective in large part because it is heartfelt. Erdogan's genius as a politician, his flair for rhetoric, his capacity to mobilize his base, and his sense of himself as a 'man of history' have all served to put him at the center of Turkish politics for more than a decade.feedback

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

People often ask me if, as the first woman on the Supreme Court, I had any special preferences for my robe. But honestly, I took whatever was available and put it on.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

He says he'll decide everything. One person will determine national security policies according to the constitutional changes. Why one person? What if he makes a mistake, what if he is deceived, what if he is bought?feedback

Ibrahim Kalin

Stable governments have been able to handle crises more effectively, implement structural reforms in due time and render the investment climate more favorable by increasing predictability.feedback

Metin Feyzioglu - Amnesty International

It's a presidential system, but not like in the U.S. – not a democratic presidential system.feedback

Ozgur Unluhisarcikli

On the other hand, if his charm offensive is not reciprocated, then he might start initiating a Plan B, which involves tightening his grip on Turkish society.feedback

Merve Kavakci

If it is going to give him more power, and if it is what the Turkish people want, so be it.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The EU has lost all credibility. We don't defend democracy, human rights and freedoms because they want us to, we do that because our citizens deserve it. As we get closer to democracy, they are moving away from it.feedback

Ergin Kulunk

Within the past 15 years he has achieved everything once considered impossible, unthinkable for Turks, be it bridges, undersea tunnels, roads, airports. The biggest quality of the Chief [Erdogan] is that he touches people. I saw him at a recent gathering literally shaking almost 1,000 hands. He's not doing that for politics. It comes from the heart.feedback

Fatih Yagmur

I wouldn't be embarrassed to work as a cleaner. It is the Turkish state that put us in this situation. They should be embarrassed.feedback

Fatih Yagmur

To start a new life from scratch is frightening. An ex-anchorman is now a worker in a European factory and another one is a cleaner.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

We are voting for Turkey's fate today. We hope the results will be good and together we can have the opportunity to discuss Turkey's other fundamental problems.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

We will put 80 million people on to a bus... we don't know where it is headed. We are putting 80 million on a bus with no brakes.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

These may not be centralized efforts coming from A.K.P. leaders but may come from more low-level people who act in such ways that they think they're mirroring the great leader.feedback

Henri Barkey

It's partly: You're arresting our people, we can do the same to you.feedback

David Ignatius

I finished the libretto a year ago, at a time when it still seemed unlikely that Donald Trump would be president. But we were already surrounded by Donald Trump-like figures in our world: Putin in Russia, Xi Jinping in China, Erdogan in Turkey. The big man who speaks in a way that people imagine Machiavelli's princes would are all over, and Trump is just the latest. The challenge was just irresistible.feedback

Erdem Tasdelen

We have been treated well by the Germans, but now I must think of my daughter and son. There is discrimination against Muslim communities here, and the only person sticking up for us is Erdogan.feedback

Aysegul Parlak

They feel threatened by his potential and power, and they cannot handle the idea of a Muslim country progressing to their level. When I tell people I'm from Turkey, all they do is vent about Erdogan and talk about his authoritarian ways. They should look in the mirror. If they faced as many internal and external threats as he does, they would also be firm.feedback

Aysegul Parlak

There is a lot of hypocrisy, and the Turkish community here is becoming very resentful.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Sunday will be a turning point in the fight against terrorist organizations. We will finish what we started on July 15 this April 16. The presidential system we are bringing with this constitutional change is necessary for the development, growth and stability of our nation.feedback

Selahattin Demirtas

This campaign was not carried out fairly and equally. The reason behind our arrests was to prevent us from calling to our nation. The entire resources of the state were at disposal to support the 'Yes' campaign of the AK Party.feedback

Ahmet Kasim Han

The 18 articles foresee a very loose separation of powers. It's going to be a very close call, and both 'yes' and 'no' are equally probable as outcomes.feedback

Murat Gezici

When we put them equally in the 'Yes' and 'No' camps, we see 'Yes' ahead at 51.3 percent. But as part of our margin of error, if we group the undecided voters with those who choose to abstain, we see the 'No' vote leading.feedback

Abdullah Demirbas

In 2002, A.K.P. promised a change in Turkey. They said they're bringing democracy not only for themselves, but for all the other aggrieved groups in Turkey, which gave hope to the masses: Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, democrats, liberals, intellectuals, writers, socialists – all the victims of the old regime.feedback

Henri Barkey

It eviscerates the power of both the legislative and judicial branches of the government in favor of the executive, which will be concentrated in the hands of one person.feedback

Ayse Sozen Usluer

It became clear to us that a presidential system whereby the president is elected by popular vote forces groups to compromise with one another and nominate a candidate whom the public at large could support to win more than 50 percent of the vote.feedback

Elmira Bayrasli

Erdogan has also abandoned the ambitious foreign policy that boosted Turkey's economy and helped increase the country's role in international affairs, replacing it with a crude nationalism.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

If he loses the referendum, Mr. Erdogan is likely to call for early elections. He will continue his divisive politics to shore up support for the AKP. This will entrench Turkey in a permanent state of crisis, accompanied by a deepening social schism and further terror attacks. If he wins the referendum, Mr. Erdogan will try to force the country to fold under his powerful persona, becoming completely authoritarian.feedback

Bruno Genesio

I'm a little bit upset by what's happening right now, from what happened before the game, because it does not relate at all to the idea of what I feel about sport and football in particular. I believe that it must be above all a place where people must be able to come in peace to attend a game, a show. And, when we see those kinds of moments, we can only be a little disappointed, sad, sorry. After that, I think it is a good thing that the match still went ahead, and we were able to prepare under normal conditions.feedback

Etyen Mahcupyan

The (proposed) model will cause great harm in the medium term to conservatives and Turkey. Every AKP member must vigorously stand up for the protection of the party and for its capacity and potential to govern.feedback

Murat Polat

I am not bothered to vote, as I do not believe that this election would make any difference. If I believed that this was a fair election, though, I would vote 'no.' I think it is too late to get on board the democracy train again.feedback

Hakan Gokce

Living in Belgium, I now feel uncomfortable when I say I am a Turk. Most people immediately think I am pro-Erdogan, and I get the feeling that they look down on me. I never felt like this before in this country where I was born. Still proud to be Turkish and Belgian.feedback

Engin Baldwin

I'm proud of being a Turk, but have found myself being hesitant to tell my nationality to strangers in ad hoc circumstances, as it often results with them sharing their condolences and looking at me in pity. From taxi drives to food stalls, the response to 'I'm from Turkey' is something along the lines of 'So sorry for what's happening. Things will be better, keep up the hope,' etc.feedback

Akin Caldiran

I am not going to vote, as I believe it is not going to make a difference. The government is using all its power in favor of it and it is not going to be a fair election and it never was.feedback

Sami Akin

It is 'no.' Why? Because 'yes' will make Turkey not a free republic but Erdogan's playground. In the free world, they call this a dictator. l am an 82-year-old Turk, left Turkey in 1960 and I am an American, but they are my people. I cry for them, and wish them a free country. The founder of Turkey, Ataturk, would never say yes to this.feedback

Abdullah Kucukkaya

After those events I was traveling on a train and talking to this nice couple – about life, politics, et cetera, et cetera – and as soon as I told them I am Turkish, they stopped talking to me.feedback

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