Turkey referendum: PM claims win as count continues

The Turkish prime minister has claimed victory in the referendum to grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan new powers, based on unofficial results. Binali Yildirim was speaking as the count neared completion. With about 99% of ballots counted, “Yes” was on about 51.3% and “No” on about 48.7%. Erdogan supporters say replacing the parliamentary system with an executive presidency would modernise the country. The two main opposition parties are challenging the results. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) demanded a recount of 60% of the votes. A “Yes” vote could also see…

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