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    Putin Congratulates Erdogan on Outcome of Turkey's Constitutional Referendum

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    Turkey Votes for Presidential System of Government in National Referendum (72)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday congratulated in a phone call Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the positive results of the referendum on amendments to the Constitution stipulating broader presidential powers, the Kremlin press service said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, the majority of Turks supported government-backed constitutional changes to shift to a presidential system from a parliamentary system of government, and therefore broaden presidential powers, with preliminary results showing 51.4 percent support.

    "Vladimir Putin congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the successful outcome of a referendum on constitutional changes in Turkey," the press service said in a statement.

    According to the statement, Putin and Erdogan exchanged of views on the situation in Syria and stressed the need to strengthen the ceasefire regime in the war-torn country, as well as to promote the inter-Syrian negotiation process in the Astana and Geneva formats.

    The leaders also reiterated the importance of a thorough and impartial international investigation into the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's Idlib province, the Kremlin said.

    Turkey Votes for Presidential System of Government in National Referendum (72)


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