With more than 95 percent of the votes counted in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, Yes votes led on 51.70 percent.
At 7.35 p.m. local time (1635GMT), 95.04 percent of votes had been counted. Figures from vote counts showed Yes on 51.70 percent -- 23,997,153 votes -- while No had 48.30 percent, or 22,420,313 votes. Turkey headed to the polls on Sunday in a referendum on a 18-article bill that would see the country switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system.
Meanwhile, Turkey's president has congratulated the heads of political parties which supported the Yes campaign in Sunday's referendum.
After voting in Turkey’s constitutional referendum concluded nationwide, Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday evening had phone conversations with ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party leader Binali Yildirim, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli, and Grand Unity Party (BBP) Mustafa Destici, presidential sources said.
Erdogan congratulated the party leaders on their referendum victory, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media. The president also thanked the voters who went to the polls to reflect their choice.