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EU Commission calls on Turkey to seek national consensus

BRUSSELS, April 16 (Reuters) - Turkey should seek the broadest possible national consensus in its constitutional amendments, given the closeness of its referendum, the European Commission said on Sunday.

Unofficial results showed that 51.3 percent of Turks approved changes to their constitution handing President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers in a referendum on Sunday.

"In view of the close referendum result and the far-reaching implications of the constitutional amendments, we also call on the Turkish authorities to seek the broadest possible national consensus in their implementation," the Commission said in a statement. (Reporting By Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)