Turkey referendum grants President Erdogan sweeping(व्यापक) new powers
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has narrowly(अत्यन्त निकट से) won a referendum (जनमत संग्रह) to expand presidential powers, which could keep him in office until 2029. With 99.45% of ballots counted, the "Yes" campaign had won 51.37% and "No" 48.63%, and the electoral board called victory for "Yes". Erdogan supporters say replacing the parliamentary system with an executive presidency will modernise (आधुनिक बनाना) the country. Turkey's two main opposition parties said they would challenge the results.
The Republican People's Party (CHP) demanded a recount of 60% of votes. They criticised a decision to accept unstamped ballot papers as valid unless proven(सिद्ध किया हुआ) otherwise.
As jubilant(उत्साही) Erdogan supporters rallied in the big cities, pots and pans were banged in Istanbul by opponents of the referendum, in a traditional form of protest.
Three people were shot dead near a polling station in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir, reportedly during a dispute over how they were voting.
The European Commission called on the Turkish authorities in a statement to "seek the broadest possible national consensus" when implementing the constitutional reforms.