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Turkish papers back 'confidence vote'

"Yes" (L) and "No" ballots at a polling station in Ankara
Turkish voters have given strong "Yes" (L) to amending the constitution.

Voters in Turkey have given strong backing to a package of changes to the country's military-era constitution.

Turkish papers view the referendum results as a resounding victory for the government, giving the prime minister carte blanche to implement his ideas.

Rusen Cakir in VATAN

No matter what they say, the referendum has been a vote of confidence for the government... the opposition parties followed the wrong strategy from the beginning.

Mehmet Y. Yilmaz in Turkey's HURRIYET

What Mr Prime Minister desired has become true. Now there is no power that can stand in his way. Now it is time for him to make his ideas a reality. The "judiciary" is no longer going to be an obstacle.

Murat Yetkin in RADIKAL

Even though Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan claims that the constitutional package was not an AK Party project, this is an AK Party victory.

Fehmi Koru in YENI SAFAK

Prime Minister Erdogan and his party came out successfully in this process, but from now on they have a most important duty. They will have to prove how unjustifiable the fears of the masses were, which were whipped up during the campaign by the opposition.

A. Turan Alkan in ZAMAN

The picture is clear: The No voters have lost the referendum, but all of us have won - not only the Yes voters, but those who defended and supported change. The No voters should not feel sorry when considering these results; they should remember that they were against the governing party and not the content of the reforms package anyway.

Semih Idiz in MILLIYET

It may now be expected that the EU, which has become more and more aware of the importance of co-operating with Turkey in regional and global issues, will provide greater support to the AKP after this referendum.

Omer Taspinar in SABAH

America views the referendum that was held yesterday as a rehearsal for the 2011 elections. On the one hand, the Obama administration wants a strong, democratic, civilian and Western-leaning opposition to the AK Party in Turkey. On the other hand, the fact that there is no such opposition causes despair [in Washington]. A less clear-cut result would have been preferred by the US, rather than a strong Yes or No.

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