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Tensions flare as Turkey heads to vote on new Erdogan powers

Turkish courts have arrested more than 35,000 people after a failed coup to unseat ErdoganTurkey is heading to a referendum on granting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan new powers as early as next spring, ratcheting up tensions amid a crackdown on dissent and pro-Kurdish politicians, analysts say. The courts have arrested over 35,000 people under a state of emergency imposed in the wake of the failed July 15 coup aimed at unseating Erdogan whose defeat the authorities see as a triumph of Turkish democracy. The prime political concern of Erdogan following the failure of the coup has been winning support to change the existing constitution to create a presidential system.

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