TURKEY SAYS 'YES'
The package envisaging significant changes in the coup constitution, was approved with an overwhelming victory. The referendum paved the way for a civilian constitution. Turkish people gave a lesson of democracy on the 30th anniversary of the September 12 military coup. While 58 percent of Turkish people voted 'yes' in the referendum, 42 percent voted against the package.
The national basketball team qualified to the final at the 2010 World Basketball Championship without losing any of eight games in the championship. Although they lost the final 81-64 against the USA, 12 Giant Men became proud of Turkish people.
VICTORY OF DEMOCRACY
Turkey made a historical decision on the 30th anniversary of the September 12 military coup, and opened the door for a more free and democratic era by changing its coup constitution partially. 58 percent of Turkish people said "Yes" to the first step of a civilian constitution, as participation rate exceeded 77 percent at the referendum. The structure and election system of high jurisdiction have changed in Turkey.
THANKS FOR OVERSEAS SUPPORT
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech of thanks after the results of the referendum were made public. Noting that those who have cast "Yes" and "No" votes both won at the referendum, Erdogan thanked all the citizens. "I congratulate all my brothers from all over the world and from overseas countries for extending support for this process," the prime minister said.
LET US HOPE FOR THE BEST
The nation has made its decision. 58 percent of voters voted "Yes" at the ballot box for an advanced democracy. The coup constitution of September 12 and law of the superiors were sent to history. The "No" front, who have turned the referendum into a vote of confidence, were defeated by getting 42 percent of votes.
Prime Minister Erdogan said the date September 13, 2010 was an important step for Turkey. "Nation's will and democracy have won. The mentality that supports guardianship and coup has lost with this result," Erdogan said.
The referendum on the constitutional amendment package has been the seventh victory of Recep Tayyip Erdogan since 1994 when he was elected as mayor of Istanbul by reaching 25.1 percent of the votes. Then, he came to the political power with 34.3 percent of the votes in 2002 with his newly established Justice and Development (AK) Party. He won the municipal election with 41.7 percent in 2004. And he was re-elected as the prime minister in 2007 by increasing his votes to 41.7 percent.
A DIFFERENCE OF 6 MILLION
In the referendum on the constitutional amendment package, the turnout, among an electorate of 49.4 million, was put at 77 percent. While 21.8 million people voted 'yes', 15.8 million people voted against the package.
"YES" COMES OUT OF BALLOT BOXES
58 percent of voters said "Yes" at the referendum, as 42 percent voted "No". The boycott had a major effect in such result.
The nation made its decision on the constitutional amendment package that paved the way for a jurisdiction dependent on the ruling party. 21.8 million of a total of 49.5 million voters said "Yes" at the referendum, while 15.8 million voters said "No". In the cities along Turkey's coastline, where Republican People's Party (CHP) is stronger, people voted against the amendment package.
APLLAUSE FOR GIANT MEN
Turkey, which lost against USA 64-81 at the finals of the World Basketball Championship, won silver medal. Kevin Durant of USA was his team's star with 26 points, while Turkish player Hidayet Turkoglu scored 16 points. Supporters shouted out loud "Turkey is proud with you" during the last minutes of the game.
'YES', BUT NOT ENOUGH
The constitutional amendment package was approved after receiving votes of 58 percent of people. The turnout was put at 77 percent in the referendum. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked everyone including leftist groups while celebrating his political party's victory in the referendum. The Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) said, "the referendum confirmed Turkish people's expectation for a new constitution. Let's make the constitution of the 21st century." Meanwhile, the Independent Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD) said that the referendum paved the way for a civilian, pluralist and visionary constitution.
APPLAUSE FOR 12 GIANT MEN
"Twelve Giant Men" played against the United States at the final of the 2010 World Basketball Championship without any defeats in their eight games in the championship. They lost the final 81-64 and won silver medals. It was Turkey's biggest success in its history of basketball. The giant men received a standing applause from everyone.
SECOND SPEECH FROM BALCONY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said to celebrate the victory of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's victory in the referendum on constitutional amendment package, "everybody won tonight." "Both those who voted 'yes' and who voted 'no' in the referendum won tonight. We will amend the Constitution in 2011 by reaching compromise," he added while addressing people from balcony of the AK Party's headquarters in Istanbul.
The national basketball team won silver medal in the 2010 World Basketball Championship for the first time in its history. The team was beaten by the U.S. team 81-64 in the final, losing their first match ever out of eight games in the championship. Meanwhile, Lithuanian team won bronze medal after a 99-88 win over their Serbian rivals.
"YES" BY 6 MILLION MORE VOTES
A total of 21.8 million people voted "Yes" at the referendum, while 15.8 million cast "No" votes. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won his 6th victory at the ballot box since 2002 by getting 58 percent of the votes. 38.3 million of the total 49.4 million registered voters headed for ballot boxes and the participation rate was around 77.4 percent.
Delivering a speech after the referendum, Erdogan said, "the choices of supporters, opponents and those who have not cast votes are all worth respect".
"Both who have said 'Yes' and 'No' won tonight. Because the superiority of an advanced democracy, rights, freedoms and law are for everyone," Erdogan added.
THANK YOU 13 GIANT MEN
The 12 Giant Men, who played the final game with USA at the World Basketball Championship, and coach Bogdan Tanjevic have written history. Our national basketball players were ranked the second at the tournament. The 12 Giant Men were defeated 81-64 by the U.S. team and got the silver medal at the championship.
TURKEY CLEANS UP COUP DISGRACE: 58 PCT "YES"
The Turkish nation said "Yes" for more democracy and "No" votes remained at 42 percent at the referendum. Turkish voters have finished their democracy exam successfully. Participation rate exceeded 77 percent at the referendum and voters showed great support for a more democratic, civilian and free Turkey that is under no guardianship.
APPLAUSE FOR 12 GIANT MEN
Turkey, which qualified for finals at the World Basketball Championship without any defeats, lost against USA and got the silver medal at the tournament. The Turkish national basketball team, which has won all the 8 games in the tournament until the final, could not stand against USA and lost the game 81-64. Our national players, who have achieved the biggest success in Turkish sports history so far, were strongly applauded at the medal ceremony.
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