Middle East expert: If Erdogan wins Turkey referendum, the Arab world will 'catch on fire'


Mr Erdogan is flower c beginning up a tough fight for a constitutional reform that would see him awarded a bind of new powers.

Voters will head to the polls on April 16 to tease their say in the controversial referendum, which sparked diplomatic war between Turkey and much of mainland Europe.

But one Centre East expert has warned a vote in the Turkish leader’s favour wishes spark chaos across the Arab world.

Abdel Mottaleb El-Husseini maintains that if Mr Erdogan succeeds, it will have catastrophic consequences for the whole area.

And he says this will have particular significant for the Kurds, who he counsels will lose all hope for reconciliation.

He said: ”With his expanded proficiencies and the belief that the Turks are behind him, Erdogan will carry all the Kurds’ dreams for autonomy and rights to the grave.”

And he predicted the result could spark off a volute of violence, resulting in more terror by Kurdish factions and more subjugation by Ankara in response.

Mr Erdogan would also oppress the Kurds in Syria and Iraq numerous strongly, Mr Husseini claimed.

He said: «Turkish forces are already installed at the border with Iraq. With this Erdogan is ignoring the bequeath of Iraq. 

“The troops are supposed to fight the Kurdish PKK on the ground, but it is actually hither an occupation.» 

But he also warned the referendum could destablise the Middle East, which currently acts mostly in harmony between the Sunni Gulf States and Shiite Iran.

Mr Husseini voiced: «The Turkish president wants a Sunni alliance, that is, with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, and destitutions to be the leader himself.» 

And he added the vote would not just jeopardise the firmness of his country, but also of the whole region. 

He claimed: ”In his endeavour, he threatens to set the zone on fire.”

The comments come amid strained diplomatic relations between Turkey and both the Netherlands and Germany, who recalled a series of rallies encourage Turkish experts to vote in Mr Erdogan’s choose next month.

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