Diyarbakir's residents analyse their referendum votes

People who polled "yes" and people who polled "no" to Turkey's transition to a presidential system share the same reason: they want peace and an end to PKK-linked violence.

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkey's Kurdish people are estimated to make-up around a fifth of the population.

In Sunday's historic referendum, a majority of the residents in Turkey's southeastern city of Diyarbakir voted against transitioning to a presidential system. However, both sides voted for peace, they say.

Support for opposition parties like the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) remains strong, but can no longer be seen as growing. After decades of violence at the hands of the designated terror group PKK in the region, the party is losing some of its vote base as people want alternate solutions.

In Diyarbakir, TRT World's Ali Mustafa met two friends grappling with these concerns.