Czech politicians concerned over outcome of Turkish referendum Czech politicians have expressed concern regarding Turkey’s future course in the wake of Sunday’s referendum which gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. President Milos Zeman said that under its present leader Turkey was moving away from a secular state and democracy. Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaorálek noted that while Turkey stood on the brink of far-reaching political reforms, it was and would remain an important partner and ally for the Czech Republic, the EU and NATO. Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Bělobradek pointed to the close referendum result, saying it would be interesting to see how Turkey would deal with the deep divisions in society over the country’s future course. Czech MEPRead more.