Turkey: Protests Continue Over Referendum Result

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Added On April 20, 2017

Protests have continued across Turkey for a third straight day, with thousands challenging the results of Sunday's referendum.

Protests have taken place in at least 20 Turkish cities, including the largest three of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.

Thousands have been demanding the annulment of the referendum, with many claiming that the poll was rigged.

They bang pots and pans, and demand for votes to be recounted.

Sunday's referendum showed 51.4 percent of Turks backed amending the constitution to establish an executive presidency.

The changes greatly enhance President Recep Tayyip Erdogan powers including giving him control of the judiciary.

On Wednesday, Turkey's Supreme Election Board rejected opposition parties' appeals to annul the constitutional referendum results.

The opposition parties claimed that malpractices existed including allowing unsealed ballot papers to be accepted as valid in the counting.

Police said they detained at least 38 people from the protest in Istanbul on Wednesday.