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Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Calls OSCE Report on Referendum 'Immature'

Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Calls OSCE Report on Referendum 'Immature'

Turkey's main opposition began a battle yesterday to annul a referendum handing President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, while the bar association and an global monitor said an illegal move by electoral authorities may have swung the vote.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) had on Tuesday asked that the poll be scrapped over alleged violations.

After Erdogan's narrow win in Sunday's referendum on creating an executive presidency, Trump congratulated the Turkish leader in a phone call on Monday, in contrast to the muted reaction of European leaders to the result, which has been challenged by the opposition.

To the dismay of opposition parties and "No" supporters, the YSK made a last-minute decision on Sunday to accept ballot papers in envelopes without an official stamp.

Mr Erdogan yesterday hailed the vote as a major and much-needed step in restoring stability, saying it was the first time that Turkey had changed its political system through "civil politics".

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The plan, put forward by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), gives Erdogan sweeping and largely unchecked powers, including appointing members of the top judicial body, top public officials, ministers and assign one or several Vice Presidents.

"We will determine a date for the two presidents to meet in May before the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit as previously confirmed by the leaders", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara.

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.

"The OSCE has raised serious concerns about the climate for the referendum, echoing the Venice Commission's concerns", Williamson said.

Metin Feyzioglu, head of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, said the decision to count unstamped ballots, without keeping any record of them, removed the main safeguard against voting fraud.

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Smith, for one, seems certain the case is headed for yet another appeal, ending his dissent with the words "Stay tuned". By contrast, it found legislators protected anglo districts with slower population growth.

He said that Ankara would "ignore its [the report's] claims". "We will employ all legal ways available", Tezcan said.

Before the electoral board's announcement, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the opposition had the right to file objections, but warned that calling for street protests was unacceptable. Another petitioner, Fusun Cicekoglu, 61, said, "I will not accept my "no" vote be voided and I will not accept "yes" ballots cast illegally".

"We are here today for the sake of Turkey, to live together, to take a stand for our votes", protester Tezcan Karakus Candan said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week that he would sign the death penalty into law if it is approved by parliament, or in another referendum.

In another apparent contrast to Trump's congratulations of Erdogan, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that the official administration position would reflect the outcome of an ongoing assessment by an worldwide commission into the validity of the referendum, not expected until next week.

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Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara that Trump and Erdogan would meet in May before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.


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