Turkey referendum result challenged; Erdogan claims slim victory

Opponents of Turkey's controversial referendum to expand the powers of the president were crying foul even as the country's ruling party celebrated its close victory Sunday, according to CNN

The country remains deeply divided, with a razor-thin margin separating the two sides in the hotly contested poll to expand powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan claimed victory for the "yes" vote as state media reported that, with nearly all votes counted, 51.4% had voted in favor versus 48.6% against. A total of 47.5 million votes were cast, the Anadolu news agency said.

Voters were asked to endorse an 18-article reform package put forward by the ruling Justice and

Development Party that would replace the current system of parliamentary democracy with a powerful executive presidency.

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