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Erdogan slams worldwide critics of referendum result

Erdogan slams worldwide critics of referendum result

Turkey's ruling AK Party set out plans on Wednesday for President Tayyip Erdogan to gradually take back the party reins, in a sign it would begin implementing changes approved in Sunday's referendum despite opposition attempts to annul it.

Putin telephoned Erdogan to congratulate him over the win of the "Yes" vote in Sunday's poll, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, quoting presidential sources.

The queues formed as the main opposition party was scheduled to formally request that the electoral authority annul the referendum over the ballots lacking the official stamp.

That also sparked protests from individuals who opposed constitutional changes granting Erdogan strengthened executive powers and who formed long queues to submit their petitions.

Bulent Tezcan, deputy chairman of the opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, said the party filed a formal request seeking the referendum's annulment due to voting irregularities. "The opposition should not call people to take to the streets and say they do not recognize election results". Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member state that began talks to join the European Union in 2005, remains a crucial partner for the bloc by taking in millions of refugees fleeing from the six-year-old war in Syria. Opposition parties have complained of a series of irregularities, particularly an electoral board decision to accept ballots without official stamps, as required by Turkish law.

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Sunday's referendum endorsed by a narrow margin the largest overhaul of Turkey's political system since the founding of the republic almost a century ago, giving Erdogan sweeping authority over the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member-state.

"This is was a vote without legitimacy", Tezcan said after delivering the complaint to YSK headquarters in Ankara.

The "No" camp would have emerged victorious were it not for the YSK's changes, he said, adding: "We won't stop until we find justice".

Erdogan reaffirmed he would now hold talks on reinstating capital punishment - a move that would automatically end Turkey's European Union bid - and would call another referendum if the bill did not get enough votes in parliament to become law.

Speaking in Ankara earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the issue of the election result was closed and warned against street protests.

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"We will use all the legal paths, and all legitimate democratic rights for the millions (of voters), no one should doubt this", she told reporters in Ankara.

Turkey hopes ties with the Trump administration will improve after relations soured between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies during Barack Obama's term over Syria and Turkey's calls for US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen to be extradited. Another petitioner, Fusun Cicekoglu, 61, said, "I will not accept my "no" vote be voided and I will not accept "yes" ballots cast illegally".

The bar association, whose head Metin Feyzioglu is seen as a potential future leader of the opposition CHP, said it had also received phone calls from many provinces about unstamped ballots on Sunday and that its lawyers had advised that records of this should be closely kept once ballot boxes were opened.

The two leaders will meet in May, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference carried by CNN Turk on Wednesday.

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