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Turks vote ‘Yes’ in historic referendum

By: Dorian Jones Source: VOA News ISTANBUL – Turkey’s ruling party has claimed victory in a referendum granting broad new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, authorities announced late Sunday. With 99 percent of the ballots counted, official Turkish media placed the “yes” vote at more than 51 percent, and the “no” vote at just under 49 percent. The head of Turkey’s electoral board later confirmed those results and said official tallies would be released within the next 12 days. Erdogan told cheering supporters outside his official residence in Istanbul that the “yes” camp had secured 25 million votes – 1.3 million more than...

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Bosnia: the last destroyed Ottoman-era mosque to be rebuilt

By: Danijel Kovacevic Source: Balkan Transitional Justice For years, fragments of the demolished Arnaudija mosque were patiently collected from garbage dumps around Banja Luka, the administrative centre of Bosnia’s Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity, and from the nearby Vrbas river. The fragments have now been now cleaned, prepared and transported to the site where a new mosque will be built on the foundations of the old one, identical in appearance to the one that was destroyed by Serb forces during the war in May 1993. The Islamic Community, the organisation representing Muslims in Banja Luka, said that everything is ready for April 22, when it intends to lay the foundation stone....

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Turkey prepares for historic referendum

  By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL The last day of campaigning is in full swing in Turkey ahead of a referendum on April 16 on enhancing the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and reworking the country’s governing system. Erdogan is scheduled to attend four rallies in Istanbul before campaigning concludes at 1800 local time (1700 Prague time) on April 15. Officials from Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will also be holding rallies during the final hours of the campaign. The referendum is taking place amid a state of emergency imposed after a failed coup attempt by members of the military in July. Tens of thousands have been jailed, including dozens of...

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