Monday, October 3, 2022

Iran FM Congratulates Turkey on Yes Vote in Referendum

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif congratulated his Turkish counterpart on the nation’s ‘yes’ vote in Sunday’s referendum on constitutional changes that would replace the current parliamentary system with a presidential one.

In a phone conversation on Monday afternoon, Zarif felicitated Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on the Turkish nation’s ‘yes’ vote to certain changes in the country’s Constitution.

The Iranian foreign minister also expressed the hope that the achievement would further reinforce peace and stability in Turkey, according to a Farsi report by the Foreign Ministry’s website.

Turkey held the referendum on Sunday. The turnout was high with more 86 percent of the country’s 55 million eligible voters casting ballots that were simply marked Yes or No, according to media reports.

A slim majority of voters agreed to grant sweeping powers to their president, in a watershed moment that the country’s opposition fears may cement a system of authoritarian rule within one of the critical power brokers of the Middle East.

With nearly 99 percent of votes in a referendum counted on Sunday night, supporters of the proposal had 51.3 percent of votes cast, and opponents had 48.7 percent, the country’s electoral commission announced.

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