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Turkey: Erdogan votes in constitutional referendum02:36

Turkey: Erdogan votes in constitutional referendum

Turkey, Istanbul
April 16, 2017 at 09:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cast his ballot in the country's constitutional referendum in Istanbul on Sunday.

If voted through, the new draft constitution, approved by the Turkish parliament last January, would introduce a package of constitutional amendments paving the way for a presidential system of government.

Turkey's main opposition parties, the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), are opposed to the reforms, arguing that they would significantly increase Erdogan's power. If voted through, Erdogan could potentially stay in power until 2029.

Polling for the referendum in the Turkish diaspora lasted until April 9. Some 55 million Turks are eligible to vote at over 167,000 polling stations domestically. The results of the referendum are set to be announced on Sunday evening.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cast his ballot in the country's constitutional referendum in Istanbul on Sunday.

If voted through, the new draft constitution, approved by the Turkish parliament last January, would introduce a package of constitutional amendments paving the way for a presidential system of government.

Turkey's main opposition parties, the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), are opposed to the reforms, arguing that they would significantly increase Erdogan's power. If voted through, Erdogan could potentially stay in power until 2029.

Polling for the referendum in the Turkish diaspora lasted until April 9. Some 55 million Turks are eligible to vote at over 167,000 polling stations domestically. The results of the referendum are set to be announced on Sunday evening.

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