Turkey’s PM declares victory in referendum giving President sweeping new powers

IMG_0144Turkey’s prime minister has declared a victory based on unofficial results for backers of a referendum to greatly expand the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan. Results carried by the state-run Anadolu news agency on Sunday showed the “yes” vote had about 51.3 percent compared to 48.7 percent for the “no” vote with nearly 99 percent of the vote counted. Addressing thousands of flag-waving supporters on Sunday night, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the “unofficial’ final result is ‘yes”‘ for the constitutional referendum. Mr Yildirim spoke on the balcony of his governing AK Party headquarters in Ankara, addressing a crowd of about 3000 people who waved flags and chanted the name of the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Read More