Turkey Votes To Give PM Erdogan More Power

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Votes in favour of Turkish constitutional changes that would give President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers narrowed to 51.7 percent with around 95 percent of ballot boxes opened, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Sunday.

“No” votes against the changes have taken the lead in Turkey’s three biggest cities Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, as well as in the largely Kurdish southeast, data from Anadolu showed.

The referendum makes way for the biggest change in Turkey’s system of governance since the modern republic’s foundation almost a century ago, potentially replacing its parliamentary system with an executive presidency.

{Matzav}

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