Turkey's PM says democracy wins in referendum

Erdogan said that the democracy won in the referendum which was held on September 12 on constitutional amendment package.

Turkey's PM says democracy wins in referendum

Turkish Prime Minister & Chairman of ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the democracy won in the referendum which was held on September 12 on constitutional amendment package.

Speaking at his party's meeting, Erdogan said that Turkish people displayed their preference and will in the ballot boxes during the referendum, adding that the results of the referendum would be examined and analysed for a long time.

Erdogan said that democracy gained strength and the will of change as well as democratic politics won in the referendum, adding that the results of the referendum made contribution to confidence and stability milieu.

Noting that there was a wide consensus to amend the constitution which was a product of September 12, 1980 military coup, Erdogan said that a draft presented to general assembly at the parliament, and left the decision to the people.

Erdogan said that the draft on constitutional amendment finally became law within unity and solidarity despite all prevention from both inside and outside the Parliament.

Premier Erdogan said that it was 73 million Turkish citizens, law and democracy which won in the referendum.

Erdogan said there were circles in Turkey hoping to get benefit from dirty tricks and from provoking and inciting people.

The Higher Electoral Board (YSK) said 38.3 million of 52.1 million voters joined the referendum on constitutional amendments. According to the board, the rate of participation is 73.71 percent. 37.6 million votes were valid, 725,062 of them were invalid.

Around 21.7 million people voted in favor of constitutional amendments, whereas 15.8 million voted against it.

Thus, 57.88 of the votes were "yes" and 42.12 percent were "no".


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