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LIVE: Turkey votes on whether to expand president's powers

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LIVE: Turkey votes on whether to expand president's powers
MEE reports on the latest updates from Turkey's vote on an executive presidential system
  •  Turkey is voting on an 18-article constitutional amendments package which would grant the president vast executive powers 
  • A simple 50 percent plus 1 vote of all votes cast is required to change the existing parliamentary system to an executive presidency
  • More than 55 million people out of the country's nearly 80 million population are eligible to vote
  • A total of 167,601 polling stations have been set up across the country
  • Voting abroad was completed last week, with 1.3 million people voting

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Turkey endorses super presidency with 'Yes' camp winning by 51.2%
3 years ago

Turkey voted 51.2% in favour of an 18-article constitutional amendments package that will vastly expand the powers of the president. 

The Supreme Election Board (YSK), the body in charge of overseeing all elections and referenda, has not released official results yet.  

Supporters of the constitutional amendments celebrate victory on 16 April (AFP)

Erdogan delivers victory speech
3 years ago

A supporter of the 'Yes' campaign brandishes a picture of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP)

"Our nation acted in maturity and went to the polls today. According to unofficial results, 25 mn people voted in favour of the constitutional change. I thank everyone who voted regardless of the colour of their vote. This is a historic decision where people voted for their future. This administrative reform might just be 18 articles but its contents means it is deep-rooted". 

- President Erdogan 

PM Yildirim delivers victory speech after 99% of votes counted
3 years ago

Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim delivered a victory speech from the balcony of the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) headquarters in Ankara. 

“Those who haven’t heard, hear; those who don’t know, learn we are one nation and siblings," said Yildirm to a huge crowd of supporters.
 
Unofficial results show yes has won at 51.3% with 99% of the ballot boxes opened. 
 
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on 16 April (Reuters)
 
"I thank all citizens who turned out in numbers and made their choice,” added Yildirim.
 
“In our democratic history we have opened a new page with this vote."
 
"Thank you Turkey, thank you my dear nation. A special thanks and greetings to our founding chairman and leader Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”
'Yes' camp celebrates 'victory' despite votes still being counted
3 years ago

Supporters of TurKish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan have taken to the streets to celebrate the victory of the 'Yes' camp in the referendum on expanding presidential powers in Turkey. 

More than 99% of the ballot boxes have been opened, but electoral staff are still counting the votes.

A supporter of AK party celebrates at the party headquarters in Ankara on 16 April (Reuters)

A supporter of AK party celebrates at the party headquarters in Ankara (Reuters)

Erdogan supporters celebrate 'victory', opposition contests results
3 years ago

Supporters of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan have taken to the streets to celebrate a 'vicotry' in the referendum, despite votes still being counted.

About 51.2% of the votes are 'Yes' with more than 98% of the ballot boxes opened.

Meanwhile, opposition parties of the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Preople's Democratic Party (HDP) have demanded a recount of the votes.

Opposition leaders challenged claimed that 1.5 million votes are invalid.

Turkish president Erdogan congratulates supporters
3 years ago

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called prime minister Binali Yildirim and leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli to congratulate them 

Meanwhile, Erdogan's supporters have taken to the streets across Turkey to celebrate an imminent victory with 51.2% for 'Yes' with more than 99% of the ballot boxes opened. 

Supporters of Turkey's president chant slogans and wave Turkish national flags during a rally near the headquarters of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) on 16 April (AFP)