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Erdogan could bring back death penalty after Turkey referendum win

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The referendum would expand the Turkish president's power by effectively dissolving the office of prime minister and allowing the executive branch that Mr. Erdogan already oversees to absorb numerous authorities of the nation's legislature.

The most debated change in the 18-article package was the granting of executive powers to the elected president, who can pick his cabinet ministers from outside parliament.

Erdogan declared victory in Sunday's historic referendum that will grant sweeping powers to the presidency, haili.

The official statement said that that the German government acknowledged the preliminary results and respected the right of Turkish citizens to decide on their own constitutional order.

The "Yes" camp won 51.41 percent in Sunday's referendum on a new presidential system and "No" 48.59, according to near-complete results released by the election authorities.

Meanwhile, criticism from Turkish opposition officials have begun to surface, claiming suspicions of forging election results.

Erdogan and his supporters had argued the "Turkish-style" presidential system would bring stability and prosperity in a country rattled by a failed coup past year that left more than 200 people dead, and a series of devastating attacks by the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants.

They say his ability to retain ties to a political party - Mr Erdogan could resume leadership of the AKP he co-founded - will end any chance of impartiality.

Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, who heads the liberal group of MEPs in the European Parliament, said Erdogan needed to change course, noting the result was very tight. That was a smaller margin of victory than the decisive result for which he and his ruling AK Party had aggressively campaigned.

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Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak admitted the "Yes" vote had been lower than expected. "He secured a thin majority of 1 percent", Hakura said.

"(The) new system will enter into force with elections to be held in 2019", Erdogan said.

In his first remarks from Istanbul, Erdogan struck a conciliatory tone, thanking all voters no matter how they cast their ballots and calling the referendum a "historic decision".

Mr Erdogan assumed the presidency, meant to be a largely ceremonial position, in 2014 after more than a decade as prime minister. "We have work to do". "Tayyip Erdogan may have done more good than the other big players (of Turkish politics) ... but I think of Tayyip Erdogan as just the best of the worst".

"This referendum will undoubtedly mark the dawn of a new era in the history of our sister country and will strengthen the role and place of stable, strong Turkey in the global arena", Aliyev said.

From the point of view of the German government, election results illustrate that Turkish society is "deeply divided". The Sabah daily hailed "The People's Revolution".

However, the opposition daily Cumhuriyet's headline said "The ballot box is overshadowed", reporting opposition objections to what they said were irregularities in the voting.

During the campaign, much was made of the impact Turks living overseas, especially in Germany, might have on this crucial vote - particularly after a diplomatic spat erupted over campaigning on foreign soil. Erdogan provoked a stern German response by comparing those limits on campaigning to the actions of the Nazis.

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