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Emerging alliances among opposition ranks after Turkey's referendum

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If politicians and political analysts want to interpret the results of Turkey's constitutional referendum accurately, they better take a good look at President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's victory speech, where he provided valuable insights into the future of Turkish politics.

"For the first time in the Republic's history, civilians made the decision to change our system of government," Mr. Erdoğan stated. "It is no longer possible to be elected president and govern the country by using certain keywords or exploiting certain values. All parties have time until the 2019 presidential election to prepare [for the future]."

He also talked about the Kurdish support for constitutional reform: "I would like to stress the importance of the ‘yes' votes in eastern and southeastern Turkey. In the southeast, we have seen a 10 to 20-point increase [compared to the 2015 parliamentary election]. Hopefully, this result will mark the beginning of a new era in our country."

Although the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the rest of the "no" campaign have claimed that Sunday's vote will ruin Turkey's future, it is no secret that the opposition itself will be changed by the referendum results. At the end of the day, constitutional reform was the product of a democratic process and the very fact that the margin of victory was relatively slim proves Turkish democracy is fully functional.

In fact, Turkey's opposition figures could not just help themselves, but they could also serve their country if they spent their time and energy on analyzing the facts rather than complaining. Right now, there is a large part of the electorate — almost 49 percent — to whom the opposition could appeal in the future. And if the leaders of Turkey's opposition parties cannot build something out of this diverse group of people, they will undoubtedly be replaced by rival politicians.

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