Turks celebrate referendum victory around the world
The victory for the ‘yes’ vote in the Turkish referendum is being celebrated by Turkish migrants
Ersin Çelik17 APRIL 2017, 12:22Yeni Şafak
Turkey went to the ballot boxes on Sunday to cast their votes for the historic referendum that proposed constitutional amendments. The reforms will lead to an executive presidency.
As of 11.30 p.m. local time (2030 GMT), unofficial results showed that “Yes” won with 51.37 percent, 24,966,843 votes, while “No” had 48.63 percent, or 23,636,067 votes.
While turnout across the country was 85.46 percent, a record number of Turkish voters turned out with more than 59 percent. Approximately 77 percent of Turks in Belgium, 73 percent in the Netherlands, 65 percent in France and 63 percent in Germany voted “Yes”.
After the unofficial results were announced, Turks living in various countries took to streets to celebrate the "Yes" victory.
Highest rate of ‘Yes’ votes from Lebanon
Turkish citizens who live abroad also went to the ballot boxes to cast their votes for the constitutional amendment referendum in Turkey. The highest ‘Yes’ vote rate abroad was in Lebanon with 93.88 percent, which had a great impact on the "Yes" result.
Turks in Lebanon celebrated the results
According to the unofficial results of the constitutional referendum, Lebanon has the highest rate of “yes” votes at 93.88 percent.
The turnout rate for the Turkish referendum in Lebanon was 27 percent. Among 4,224 registered voters in Lebanon, 1,142 cast their votes.
Lebanon, where only 69 “no” and 15 invalid votes were cast, became the country which has the highest rate of “yes” vote in the Turkish representatives of foreign countries, with 1,058 “yes” votes, equal to 93.88 percent.
The Turkish citizens in Lebanon celebrated the results of the referendum. Meeting at a café holding Turkish flags, the Turks toured around the capital’s streets in their cars.
Many Turkish citizens who live abroad celebrated the “Yes” victory, along with those in Lebanon.
Brussels celebrates the Turkish referendum victory
After the results of the Turkish referendum that proposed constitutional amendments became clear, many people in Brussels took to the streets to celebrate the victory. Members of the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) also celebrated the results. The celebrations in Brussels, where the “Yes” vote prevailed, were mostly held in the Chaussee de Haecht Street, known as the Turkish neighborhood of the capital of Brussels. The celebrators, who held posters of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as well as Turkish flags, continually chanted slogans supporting the ‘Yes’ vote. A Turkish group also toured around the streets in their cars. Security measures were taken by the police in the celebrations, which continued till the late hours.
Hundreds of Turkish nationals in Beirut also erupted in celebration on Sunday following the announcement of the “yes” vote triumphing in the referendum. After being glued to TV screens at cafes in the Lebanese capital for the duration of the count, members of the Turkish community celebrated late into the night in the streets of Beirut, chanting slogans and honking their cars’ horns in jubilation.