USA urges Turkey to respect all views after referendum

USA urges Turkey to respect all views after referendum

Mr Yildirim spoke on the balcony of his governing AK Party headquarters in Ankara, addressing a crowd of about 3,000 people who waved flags and chanted the name of the country's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

But Erdogan told the mission to "know your place", saying Turkey had no intention of paying any attention to the report.

Observers also criticized the proposed reforms for being too complex for a referendum vote, flouting standards of good practice for referenda: Eighteen proposed amendments affected 72 articles of the constitution, and voters were asked for a simple yes or no vote.

"Late changes in counting procedures removed an important safeguard", said Cezar Florin Preda, the head of the PACE delegation, referring to a move by the election authorities to allow voting documents without an official stamp. With the opposition crying foul over alleged violations, all eyes will be on Monday's announcement by global observers from the OSCE and the Council of Europe who will give their initial assessment of the vote.

The Communist Party of Turkey, TKP, was most blunt in its condemnation of the vote results, saying it marked both "tyranny and cheating". But "the space for dissent is much, much more restricted now", Fahim says. "Democracies gain strength through respect for diverse points of view, especially on hard issues". "We look forward to OSCE/ODIHR's final report, which we understand will take several weeks". The main opposition CHP alleges that as many as one-and-a-half million unstamped ballots could have been used, more than the winning margin in the referendum.

But the Cumhuriyet opposition daily focused on the alleged violations: "A shadow fell over the ballot boxes", it said. "It might be an uphill fight". However, three amendments will automatically come into effect following the publication of official election results in 10 to 11 days, according to Mehmet Elitas, the deputy chairman of the governing party, AKP.

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The new framework expands Erdogan's powers and means he could potentially stay in office until 2029.

The country that President Erdogan wants to create, Röttgen said, is "a very, very different rule from European democracy".

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday that the people's message was clear after a referendum and the vote had ended all arguments.

It will also allow the president to dissolve parliament, issue executive decrees, and impose states of emergency. Erdogan blamed the coup attempt on his primary political rival, Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who once was a close Erdogan ally and who now lives in Pennsylvania.

Sunday's vote grants sweeping powers to Erdogan, including the ability to directly appoint ministers and intervene in the judiciary. "This country has carried out the most democratic elections, not seen anywhere in the West".

"I would really like them to give me an example of a recent European election where you had 85 per cent of the electorate turn out to vote and which is exactly what happened with this referendum".

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