Voting begins in Turkey for changes in the constitution that will dramatically change the country's political landscape and give President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Voters across Turkey on Sunday (April 16) said they were optimistic about the outcome of a referendum which would give President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers. Early voters queued outside two of the 167,140 polling stations set up across the nation. Some 55 million people will vote on whether to replace the country's parliamentary system with an executive presidency. Polls will close at 5 pm (1400 GMT) and Turkish voters abroad have already cast their ballots. The package of 18 amendments would abolish the office of prime minister and give the president authority to draft the budget, declare a state of emergency and issue decrees overseeing ministries without parliamentary approval.