Turkey: (UPDATE: half counted, 57% for yes) Polls close, the counting of rigged votes begin………

Turkey is going full Islam 101 regardless of the vote….it’s just a matter of time before the scimitar swing falls.


  • EXPRESS: 4:30pm BST: More than half of votes counted now and the ‘yes’ camp is out in front at 57 per cent, according to local media.

Haberturk TV puts the voter turnout at 86 per cent.

  • The Jerusalem Post‏:  4minutes ago Report: Turkish referendum – ‘Yes’ on 54.6 pct with 3/4 of ballots in

Turkey referendum: Polls close in divisive vote on presidential powers

A man shows a voting ballot with the words in Turkish that read, 'Evet' or Yes and 'Hayir' or No as people vote in the referendum on expanding the powers of the Turkish president on April 16, 2017 in Istanbul.

  • 44 minutes ago
  • From the sectionEurope

Voting has ended and the count begun in Turkey’s landmark referendum to decide whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should be granted sweeping new powers.

Mr Erdogan’s supporters say replacing the parliamentary system with an executive presidency would modernise the country but opponents fear it could lead to greater authoritarianism.


A “Yes” vote could also see Mr Erdogan remain in office until 2029.


Early reports suggest that turnout was very high.


Three people were shot dead near a polling station in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir, reportedly during a dispute over how they were voting.


About 55 million people were eligible to vote across 167,000 polling stations, with the results expected to be announced late on Sunday evening.


Opinion polls suggested a narrow lead for “Yes” in the run-up to the vote.


How significant are the changes?


They would represent the most sweeping programme of constitutional changes since Turkey became a republic almost a century ago.


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