Turks go to the polls on constitutional referendum today

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim met with voters in different districts on the last day of campaigning in Istanbul on Saturday.

Erdogan urged the voters to back the proposed changes to the constitution, which include changing over to an executive presidential system.

Think what will happen if, God willing, the ballot boxes burst with ‘yes’ votes,” Erdogan said in his opening speech of the day in Istanbul, the first of four rallies on his agenda. “God willing, this nation will have its own feast tomorrow evening.”

Sunday will be a turning point in the fight against terrorist organisations. We will finish what we started on July 15 this April 16,” he told a crowd in Istanbul’s Tuzla district, decked with Turkish flags and giant pictures of the president.

Tomorrow is very important, you must absolutely go to the polls,” Erdogan urged the crowd.

The new constitution will bring stability and trust that is needed for our county to develop and grow,” he added, while appealing to the voters of other parties to approve the changes so that “Turkey can leap into the future.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim travelled to 51 provinces throughout the campaign and met with supporters.

Predictions are for a close run between “yes” and “no” votes in Istanbul, where around one-fifth of Turkey’s population lives.


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