Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in Sunday April 16,2017’s referendum that will grant sweeping powers to the presidency, hailing the result as a “historic decision.”
Speaking to reporters in Istanbul, Erdogan said unofficial results showed the “yes” side had won by a margin of 1.3 million votes
The president struck a conciliatory tone, thanking all voters regardless of how they cast their ballots and describing the referendum as a “historic decision.”
“April 16 is the victory of all who said yes or no, of the whole 80 million, of the whole of Turkey of 780,000-square kilometers,” Erdogan said.
Returns carried by the state-run Anadolu news agency showed that with nearly 99 % of the vote counted, the “yes” vote had about 51.3 % compared to 48.7 % for the “no” vote.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan casts his vote accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan at a polling station in the Uskudar district of Istanbul
Voters were being asked to endorse an 18-article reform package put forward by the ruling Justice and Development Party that would replace the current system of parliamentary democracy with a powerful executive presidency