Turkish referendum vote highlights identity concerns

09/14/2010 | Reuters

Turkish voters' approval of a referendum to change the country's constitution handed an important political victory to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but also exposed a rift between secular and religious Turks on the future and identity of the country. Voters split along three fault lines, with Kurds largely boycotting the vote and secularists voting against the measure. Secular Turks fear the constitutional changes will usher in an era of increased religion in daily life.

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