Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a business meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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Istanbul authorities Thursday said 2,000 Syrian families in the city could be set for Turkish citizenship but the government insisted approval would only come after an April referendum on boosting the president's powers.Shortly after Sahin's comments were reported, deputy premier Veysi Kaynak insisted it would not be approved before the referendum on creating an executive presidency.The government says more than 2.7 million Syrian refugees live in the country after fleeing the 6-year-old conflict which has killed over 310,000 people.
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