Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci hopes that the result of the referendum in Turkey will play a positive role for the future of Turkey.
Akinci expressed his wish in letters sent to the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish PM Binali Yildirim, and the president of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
Akinci was referring to referendum that took place in Turkey on Sunday, which called Turkish citizens to decide whether they agree with a constitutional change promoted by Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The changes proposed are to see the current parliamentary system give way to a presidential system with executive power being concentrated almost entirely in the hands of the country’s president. The changes were approved with slight majority of 51.4%.
According to Turkish Cypriot media, Akinci stated in his letters that Turkish Cypriots view Turkey as a whole, and it is important for them to see the YES and NO voters united as one.
“The fact that the gap between the YES and NO vote was so small, is an indication that the democratic dialogue will play an even more important role in the political life in Turkey” stated Akinci.
Akinci concluded his letters stating that, as in the past, Turkish Cypriots will continue to work closely with Turkey for the solution of the Cyprus problem.
It is worth noting that a majority of 58% of Turkish citizens living in the north of Cyprus rejected the proposed changes.