Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan cheer during a rally for the upcoming referendum in Istanbul, Turkey, April 8, 2017. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Tens of thousands packed one of Istanbul's biggest public spaces Saturday as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted a giant rally seeking votes in next week's referendum on enhancing his powers.Lambasting Turkey's enemies and taking pot shots at his opponents, Erdogan said a "Yes" vote in the April 16 referendum would give the country more stability and power.The changes will also allow the president to be affiliated with a party, allowing Erdogan to restore his ties with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) that he co-founded and helped sweep to power in 2002 .Wearing headbands with "Tayyip Erdogan – commander in chief" written on them and some even sporting Erdogan face masks, supporters said giving the president greater powers was essential to Turkey's development.
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