Turkish opposition urges board to cancel referendum result

Turkish opposition urges board to cancel referendum result

In March, the Venice Commission, a panel of legal experts at the Council of Europe, said the proposed changes to the constitution on which Turks voted, namely boosting Erdogan's power, represented a "dangerous step backwards" for democracy.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) which campaigned for "No", said he respects the electorate's will, but criticised a decision by Turkey's High Electoral Board (YSK) taken on the day of the day to count unsealed paper ballots, which he said overshadowed the referendum's results.

An unprecedented electoral board decision to accept ballots that didn't bear the official stamp has led to outrage among the opposition.

The cabinet said it hoped the vote would contribute to "more development success across the country".

Opponents accuse him of leading a drive towards one-man rule in Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member that borders Iran, Iraq and Syria and whose stability is of vital importance to the United States and the European Union.

Overnight sporadic protests by disgruntled "No" voters erupted in parts of Istanbul, with demonstrators banging pots and pans to voice their discontent.

They waved flags and lit firecrackers in the major cities of Turkey to celebrate the referendum victory.

U.S. President Donald Trump called Erdogan to congratulate him on his referendum victory and to thank him for supporting a U.S. missile attack on Syria in response to a chemical attack by Syrian government forces on April 4, the White House said in a statement.

Japanese PM urges North Korea to abandon its nuclear, missile development
The joint U.S. -South Korean military camp is just outside the DMZ. "But dialogue for the sake of having dialogue is meaningless". The bottom line, Mr McMaster said, is to stop the North's weapons development and make the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free.

In addition to endorsing Erdogan's referendum win, Trump was reported to have discussed other issues that the usa and Turkey have been embroiled in recently.

Turkey's president Monday rebuffed a report critical of Turkey's handling of Sunday's historic referendum, saying Ankara would ignore its claims, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's main opposition party urged the country's electoral board Monday to cancel the results of a landmark referendum that granted sweeping new powers to the nation's president, citing what it called substantial voting irregularities.

The referendum on Sunday night followed remarks from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, of which Turkey is a member, that the conditions for the vote did not appear "fair".

The referendum approves 18 constitutional amendments that will replace Turkey's parliamentary system of governance with a presidential one.

Turkey was rocked by a failed coup past year that left more than 200 people dead, and has been hit by a series of devastating attacks by the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants.

Opposition members had already promised to challenge some 2.5 million votes they considered suspicious, which could successfully overturn the results as the "Yes" side had won by only 1.25 million votes.

Erdogan meanwhile has made it very clear there are no plans to dissolve parliament and call for an early election before scheduled polls in 2019, his deputy prime minister, Mehmet Simsek, told Reuters on Monday.

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