Turkey’s Erdogan hails “Yes” vote as opposition cries foul

Apr 17, 2017, 7:09 AM EDT
(Source: Gazi KABAŞ/flickr)
(Source: Gazi KABAŞ/flickr)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hailed the outcome of a nationwide referendum vote that will grant him sweeping new powers even as the main opposition party rejected the results citing poll irregularities.

Turkey, on course for a radical political transformation from a parliamentary system to an executive presidency, witnessed both celebrations and protests after Erdogan clinched a narrow victory with just over 51 percent votes, writes the BBC.

Under the constitutional amendments, which are likely to be implemented after 2019 elections, the office of prime minister will be abolished while the president will pick the cabinet members, vice-presidents and civil servants without any parliamentary approval in selection or removal process, notes Reuters.

The European Union, which has consistently criticized Turkey’s autocratic regime, urged Ankara to seek the “broadest possible national consensus,” after the unofficial results showed a slender margin of victory for the “Yes” camp, reports The Guardian.