April 16, 2017 / 3:41 PM / a year ago

Turnout in Turkish referendum around 86 percent: Haberturk TV

ANKARA (Reuters) - Around 86 percent of Turks eligible to vote have turned out in Turkey’s referendum on granting President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping presidential powers, broadcaster Haberturk said on Sunday.

A man casts his ballot at a polling station during a referendum Aegean port city of Izmir, Turkey, April 16, 2017. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Pollsters, citing previous elections, had previously predicted that a high domestic turnout could hurt Erdogan, as opposition voters traditionally make up a bigger proportion of those who tend to shun the polls on an election day.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan

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