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The outcome will have repercussions beyond Turkish shores.

Suzan Fraser contributed from Ankara, Turkey.

On the other side, Kurdish nationalists and many leftists have been vocally supportive of federalism in the country of approximately 80 million.

"The dismissal of up to 134,000 public servants, without due process, compensation, or access to a proper remedy, for alleged links with organizations that the Government has chosen to proscribe, can not be justified by reference to Turkey's longstanding worldwide human rights obligations", said the United Nations ahead of this Sunday's constitutional referendum.

Mr Erdogan has said Turkey's membership bid would be "on the table" after the referendum. "'Yes" has gone up considerably, while "No' has gone down", he said.

"The biggest quality of the chief is that he touches people". It's faultless. But I am anxious about the future after him. "It comes from the heart", he said, as Erdogan's voice boomed from a television in the corner, broadcasting one of his daily campaign rallies. The ruling party argues that the changes will remedy the current system under which the president can only be tried for treason.

But for Erdogan's opponents - including secularist liberals, left-leaning Kurds and even some nationalists - his tightening grip poses an nearly existential threat.

President Tayyip Erdogan appealed for support from Turkish voters in final campaign rallies on Saturday, the eve of a referendum which could tighten his grip over a country bridging the European Union and a conflict-strewn Middle East.

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They have a tremendous amount of support among the conservatives of this country as the AK Party has been in power for the last 15 years.

"If the "Yes" vote wins, we're headed to chaos".

But he might never need to use that "nuclear option" because he would also be immune to parliamentary scrutiny and be able to get the presidency's budget passed without parliamentary approval. Supporters say that's necessary to stabilize a nation in crisis, but critics fear what they say would be one-man rule devoid of checks on his power. Inmates - except for the criminals who are convicted for intentional crime - will also be able to vote at 463 polling stations located inside state prisons.

The "yes" campaign - backed by Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the ruling Justice and Development Party - has dominated Turkey, while the opposition "no" camp have faced threats, violence, arbitrary detentions, a lack of TV airtime, and disregard by pro-government media. "Every AKP member must vigorously stand up for the protection of the party and for its capacity and potential to govern".

He is calling on his countrymen to vote on Sunday to approve constitutional changes that would abolish the office of the prime minister, handing all executive power to the president.

Polls suggest a neck-and-neck race for Sunday's vote. "Who will follow him?"

However, the proposed reforms would in fact further entrench a principal cause of that instability: a domineering state that has always sought to shut large sections of the country's diverse society out of the political process.

"Eighty percent of voters in Turkey vote according to ideology". If it is approved by the popular vote, the referendum will be the first step toward a more comprehensive reform of the administration in the coming period. "Only then will they face the problems", he said in his Istanbul office.

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