Turkey referendum ‘Yes’ vote ahead in early poll results

The ‘Yes’ vote establishes an early lead as counting results are announced in Turkey’s referendum over whether to grant new powers to President Tayyip Erdogan.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY (APRIL 16, 2017) (NTV) – Early counting in Turkey’s referendum registered 63 percent support for a “Yes” vote to give sweeping new powers to President Tayyip Erdogan, broadcaster NTV said on Sunday (April 16), adding that around a quarter of the ballots had been tallied.

Ahead of Sunday’s vote, opinion polls had shown a narrow lead for a “Yes” vote, which would replace Turkey’s parliamentary democracy with an all-powerful presidency and may see Erdogan in office until at least 2029.

Later, with three quarters of the vote counted, the “Yes” voted stood at 54.6 percent, state news agency Anadolu said.

The outcome will shape Turkey’s strained relations with the European Union. The NATO member state has curbed the flow of migrants – mainly refugees from wars in Syria and Iraq – into the bloc but Erdogan says he may review the deal after the vote.