President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has claimed victory in a referendum Sunday aimed to give him sweeping new powers, but opponents claimed there was massive irregularities on the vote and vowed to contest the result, according to the Gateway Pundit.
The referendum, which has bitterly divided the country, is designed to make way for amendments to the current constitution, which was crafted after 1980 military coup.
Erdogan and his supporters argue that changes are needed to address the current security and political challenges the country faces and because replacing the existing parliamentary system with an executive presidency will accelerate Turkey’s modernization.
The Turkish Election Commission has not yet released the official results, but data from state-run Anadolu Agency showed Erdogan likely to win with 51.4% of voters favoring him, with 99.8% of the ballots counted. The opposition vowed to challenge at least one-third of the votes cast.