World Trump congratulates Erdogan on referendum win: Turkish state media

02:20  18 april  2017
02:20  18 april  2017 Source:   AFP

Turkish referendum poll shows 'Yes' vote at 51 percent

  Turkish referendum poll shows 'Yes' vote at 51 percent <p>A narrow majority of Turks will vote "Yes" in Sunday's referendum on changing the constitution to grant President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, an opinion poll published on Thursday showed.</p>The April 16 plebiscite will decide on the biggest change in Turkey's system of governance since the modern republic's foundation almost a century ago, potentially replacing its parliamentary system with an executive presidency.

ANKARA: US President Donald Trump called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to congratulate him on winning the referendum boosting his powers, Turkish state media reported.

US president Donald Trump on Monday made a congratulatory phone call to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the results of a referendum that would expanding Erdogan 's powers, reported Turkish state media . " Trump called Erdogan tonight (Monday) and congratulated him on

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech to his supporters at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, April 17, 2017 following the results in a nationwide referendum that will determine Turkey's future destiny. © ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech to his supporters at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, April 17, 2017 following the results in a nationwide referendum that will determine Turkey's future destiny.

US President Donald Trump called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to congratulate him on winning the referendum boosting his powers, Turkish state media reported.

"Trump called Erdogan tonight (Monday) and congratulated him on his success in the referendum," Turkish presidential sources said, quoted by state-run news agency Anadolu after Erdogan won over 51 percent in Sunday's vote.

The reaction from Trump contrasts with EU leaders who have been reserved in their reaction to the narrow victory while monitors expressed concern over the "unlevel playing field".

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