Erdogan declares victory in country’s constitutional referendum

The Turkish president has declared victory in the country’s constitutional referendum that extends his executive powers. Rejep Tayyip Erdogan added that the nation had made a historic decision by approving the referendum. Earlier, Prime Minster Binali Yildirim said people’s vote in favor of the referendum had opened a new page in Turkey’s history. Turkish media say the Yes Campaign won over 51 percent of the votes while the No Campaign won nearly 49 percent. Supporters of the ruling AK party wasted no time to celebrate their victory in the tight race. Meanwhile, Turkey’s opposition parties have challenged the vote. The pro-Kurdish H-D-P said the result of the referendum would remain unclear until its appeal to the High Electoral Board over vote irregularities was finalized. The government-proposed measures will change the country’s governing system from a parliamentary structure to a presidential one.

 

 

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