- Title: Turks question referendum results as Erdogan declares victory
- Date: 17th April 2017
- Summary: ISTANBUL, TURKEY (APRIL 17, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BOSPHORUS RIVER / FERRY PASSING VARIOUS OF PASSENGERS DISEMBARKING FERRY DOCKED AT DOCK VARIOUS OF PEOPLE EXITING STATION (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) ISTANBUL RESIDENT, MAHIR, SAYING: "I don't think this (referendum results) is enough (to give President Tayyip Erdogan new powers) because the statistic result of the referendum is 50/50. It's obvious that a large part of the society does not accept this referendum." MAN SELLING TURKISH BAGELS ON STREET ANKARA, TURKEY (APRIL 17, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE BUYING NEWSPAPERS AT KIOSK NEWSPAPERS ON DISPLAY
- Embargoed: 1st May 2017 08:12
- Keywords: Turkey referendum results government President Tayyip Erdogan newspapers
- Location: ISTANBUL AND ANKARA, TURKEY
- City: ISTANBUL AND ANKARA, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016CSC3EV
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- Story Text:Some Turkish residents questioned the legitimacy of the referendum results on Monday (April 17), a day after President Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in gaining new powers.
The referendum victory marks the first step in replacing Turkey's parliamentary system with an all-powerful presidency and abolishing the office of prime minister.
Erdogan said 25 million people had supported the proposal, giving the "Yes" camp 51.5 percent of the vote. But opponents said the vote was marred by irregularities and they would challenge its result.
The head of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, said the legitimacy of the referendum was open to question.
The party said it would demand a recount of up to 60 percent of the votes after Turkey's High Electoral Board (YSK) announced it would count ballots which had not been stamped by its officials as valid unless they could be proved fraudulent.
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