Protests in Turkey as major opposition party reject referendum results

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan pose for photos with cheering supporters

Turkey’s main opposition party says it will challenge the country’s referendum results, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a vote to expand his powers.

The Republican People’s Party has questioned the legitimacy of the close result, citing irregularities in the electoral process.

The win was met with both celebrations and protests across Turkey.

The opposition refuses to accept the ‘yes’ victory and demand a recount of 60% of the votes, faulting a decision to pass unstamped ballot papers as valid, unless proven otherwise.

Opposition supporters took to the streets of Istanbul to bang pots and pans – a traditional form of protest – in a series of noisy demonstrations.

Also, supporters of President Erdogan celebrated, praising the “historic decision” that could keep him in office until 2029.

With 99.97% of ballots counted, the ‘yes’ campaign had won 51.41% of the votes cast, while ‘no’ had taken 48.59%.

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