Vote counting begins in nationwide Turkish referendum as polls close. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Vote counting has started across Turkey on Sunday (April 16) in a historic referendum that could change the constitution and give President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. Polls closed at 4 p.m. (1300 GMT) in the east of the country and at 5 p.m. elsewhere. Opinion polls have shown a narrow lead for a "Yes" vote, which would replace Turkey's parliamentary democracy with an all-powerful presidency and may see Erdogan in office until at least 2029. The outcome will also shape Turkey's strained relations with the European Union. The NATO member state has curbed the flow of migrants - mainly refugees from wars in Syria and Iraq - into the bloc but Erdogan says he may review the deal after the vote.