In pictures: Celebrating Turkey's historic vote

It was a close call, with a little over 50 percent of Turkey's voters deciding in favour of 18 constitutional amendments that will increase the powers of the president.

Photo by: Shawn Carrie/TRT World
Photo by: Shawn Carrie/TRT World

Wild celebrations erupted on the streets of Istanbul after Turkey‘s voters approved 18 constitutional amendments in a hotly contested referendum.

Turkey’s electorate has narrowly voted to alter its constitution. Almost 48 million people voted. The win means that the country’s constitution will be amended to replace the parliamentary system of governance, moving it to an executive presidency. As it became apparent that the vote for the 18 proposed constitutional amendments would win, many took to the streets to celebrate, while for others there was disappointment.

Supporters of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) wave Turkish flags and hold a poster of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside its offices in Istanbul.


Waving Turkish flags and hanging out of windows, those who were in favour of Turkey‘s new constitutional amendments celebrate in Istanbul.


Thousands gathered in squares across Istanbul to watch President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim address the nations on giant screens.


"Yes" supporters celebrate their victory outside the AK Party headquarters in Ankara.


Waving flags and banners, supporters of the new constitutional amendments celebrate outside the headquarters of the AK Party in Ankara.


Turkish Prime Minister and leader of Turkey's AK Party Binali Yildirim salutes crowds from the balcony of his party's headquarters in Ankara.


Fireworks lights up the sky as "Yes" supporters celebrate their victory in front of the AK Party's provincial headquarters in Ankara.


"Yes" supporters celebrate their victory in front of the AK Party's provincial headquarters in Izmir.


Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came out in the thousands to celebrate the result of a referendum that saw the country narrowly approve 18 constitutional amendments.


People in the northern city of Sakarya celebrate the referendum results.

Not everyone was celebrating the outcome of the referendum. This woman at the CHP headquarters in Ankara could not contain her tears of disappointment.


In the German capital of Berlin, supporters of the opposition CHP watched the result come in. While CHP voters like these two opposed the constitutional changes, almost 63 percent of Turkish voters in Germany voted in favour.


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