Turkish president: New page opens in Turkish history
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said in an interview with La Republica this week that Sunday's constitutional referendum has opened a new page in the country's history, CNN Turk reported.
According to local media, 58.02 percent of voters approved the proposed constitutional amendments put forward by the ruling Justice and Development Party.
The voter turnout was 77.55 percent.
The biggest turnout was seen in areas densely populated by Kurds.
The referendum includes 26 amendments to the Turkish Constitution, which was ratified in 1982 following a military coup in 1980. They relate to reforming the justice system, particularly the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors, provide for the possibility of instituting criminal proceedings against the military by civilian courts, and confer authority for filing a case for the dissolution of political parties from the Court of Appeals to parliament.
The constitutional reform also introduces the institution of an ombudsman.