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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Turkey's Constitutional Referendum - President Erdogan claims victory, critics call fraud

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

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