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Turkey referendum: What does the 'yes' vote really mean?

By: Sanam SHANTYAEI Follow | Joanna COCKERELL | Sonia BARITELLO | Stéphanie CHEVAL
1 min

This week, we focus on the disputed referendum in Turkey that will significantly expand President Erdogan's powers. The "yes" result approves 18 constitutional amendments to replace the current parliamentary system with a presidential one. With European observers pointing out irregularities in the vote, opponents say the changes give too much power to a man who's shown increasingly autocratic tendencies. So what does the "Yes" vote mean for Turkey? We take a closer look.


We also head to Lebanon, where the Beirut-based NGO March is encouraging reconciliation between two warring neighbourhoods in Tripoli. Our correspondents report.

And Iranian transsexual actor and director Saman Arastou joins us on the show to talk about his country, which performs more sex change operations than any other except Thailand.

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