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Referendum Gives Turkey’s Erdogan Broad New Powers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Sunday’s referendum that replaces the country’s current system of parliamentary democracy with an executive presidency. The country’s electoral board said that with 99.45 percent of the ballots counted, the “yes” side received 51.4 percent of the vote. The ruling Justice and Development Party put forward the 18-article reform package, which will allow the president to hold executor powers and lets them appoint five of 13 Supreme Court members. The opposition has said it will contest around 37 percent of the votes cast, due to the High Electoral Board announcing while voting was underway that it would change the rules to accept unstamped ballots unless they were proven to be fraudulent.

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