Ankara, April 20: Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins the Turkish referendum and looks back to take over the reins in the conflicted country of Turkey yet again. Supreme Election Board has rejected opposition petitions to annul referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers to turn the country into an executive presidency from the current parliamentary system.
Officials say 51 percent of voters supported the plan, while 49 percent opposed. The constitutional amendments give Erdogan the ability to create a powerful presidency from the current parliamentary system of government.
The election results have led to protests in Istanbul and other cities. According to reports, after complaints of vote-rigging, 10 members of Turkey's top election authority decided against annulling the vote while only one member voted in favour.
The narrow 51- 49 percent referendum victory has led to protests in Istanbul and other cities over allegations of voting fraud. The unrest has focused on the board's earlier decision to allow ballots without an official stamp.
Under Turkey’s election law, all ballots and the envelope they are placed are required to have an official stamp, a measure to prevent vote-stuffing.