The intense campaigning around Turkey's historic constitutional referendum is entering its final hours.

Erdogan's comments referred to a recent interim report published by the OSCE, which will monitor the April 16 referendum, on the campaign atmosphere in the Anatolian country between March 17 and April 7. Turkey is heading to a con.

Police in Istanbul have detained seven suspects, two of them believed to be members of Islamic State, who were plotting to carry out attacks in Turkey ahead of a referendum on Sunday, a police statement said on Friday.

Relations between Turkey, a longstanding candidate to join the European Union, and its EU partners plunged to bitter lows during the referendum campaign as the President lashed out at Europe for what he said was behaviour reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

Mr Erdogan's office said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had agreed to back a probe by the Organisation for the Russia has agreed to support an independent investigation into the use of chemical weapons in northern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. In eastern Turkey and Black Sea region, the voting will start at 7:00 am and end at 4 pm.

The Presidential Office, revealed that Erdogan offered his condolences to Abdullah Kurdi after the passing of his two wife and children en route to Turkey via the Aegean Sea.

Erdogan assumed the presidency, then a largely ceremonial position, in 2014 after more than a decade as prime minister, and has since continued to dominate politics by force of personality, making no secret of his ambition for greater powers. The president will be able to declare a state of emergency without necessary cabinet approval and to draft the budget, which is now drawn up by parliament.

He said: "You give most of the executive and judicial power to the same person and you rid him of accountability". With the changes the members of the council of ministers would not be elected. However, some observers say an early election called in the second-term would reset the clock and allow the president to run for an extra term - meaning that Erdogan could rule until 2029 and beyond.

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Markets are cautiously expecting a "Yes" vote and hoping that this will bring much-needed stability.

Erdogan hugged the girl emotionally and also held Bana and her brother as they sat on his knees flanked by the president's wife Emine.

He expressed confidence that the new presidential system would be approved, saying there were no longer undecided voters.

Other changes include the minimum age of parliamentary candidates reduced to 18 and the number of deputies increased to 600.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim insisted the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was as dedicated to a unitary structure as the nationalists and vowed to resign if the changes led to such a system. Parliament approved the amendments in late January with 339 votes from the AKP-MHP alliance while the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) stood against government system adjustment.

In the wake of a coup attempt last July, Erdogan secured his authority over the military when he declared - and Parliament endorsed - a state of emergency. An emergency rule decree has removed the Supreme Electoral Board's powers to fine media who do not provide impartial coverage. About a dozen legislators from Turkey's opposition pro-Kurdish party are also in prison.

More than 250,000 police officers and almost 130,000 paramilitary police will be on duty on Sunday, in addition to some 6,000 military personnel on stand-by, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

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