Turkish expatriates support reforms in referendum

Majority of Turkish electors, who cast votes at airports and border gates in Turkey's latest referendum, expressed support for a package of government-sponsored constitutional amendments.

Turkish expatriates support reforms in referendum

Majority of Turkish electors, who cast votes at airports and border gates in Turkey's latest referendum, expressed support for a package of government-sponsored constitutional amendments.

A total of 436 Turkish electors cast votes at the Derekoy Border Gate in northwestern Kirklareli province and 245 votes were in favor of the constitutional package, officials told AA on Monday.

Voters, who went to the ballot boxes at Kapikule, Hamzabeyli and Ipsala border gates in the northwestern Edirne province, also said "Yes" to the package.

A total of 66,840 electors cast votes at the 11 polling booths at the three border gates, as 47,187 votes were in favor of the package and 19,098 were against it.

Moreover, majority of the Turkish electors who participated in the voting process at Antalya and Istanbul's Ataturk airports voted in favor of the constitutional amendments.

Officials said 14,251 Turkish citizens who reside in foreign countries cast votes at Antalya Airport, as 7,886 of them said "Yes" and 6,177 voted "No" in the referendum.

Out of the 43,885 citizens who cast votes at Ataturk Airport, 23,569 voted in favor of the package while 20,095 voters expressed their objection.

Turkish people went to polls on September 12, 2010 to vote a a government-backed package of constitutional reforms.

In Sunday's voting, which is the sixth referendum held in Turkey regarding constitutional amendments, 58 percent of the voters approved the package while 42 percent voted against it.


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Last Mod: 13 Eylül 2010, 13:35
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