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Turkey's Erdogan to meet Trump in May, minister says

Turkey's Erdogan to meet Trump in May, minister says

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in Sunday's closely contested national referendum in Turkey even as opposition parties and global observers pointed to irregularities in the voting that will dramatically reshape Turkish politics, jettisoning the country's parliamentary democracy and granting sweeping executive power and near absolute control to the country's president.

A wave of protests in Istanbul showed no signs of abating on Tuesday evening as calls for an investigation into Turkey's referendum results began to gather steam. He also criticized the YSK, saying, "the quickly made decision of the electoral commission to validate wrongly or not at all stamped ballots is a violation of Turkish law".

He said the party would use all legal paths to challenge the vote.

The constitutional reforms are set to grant more powers to Erdogan, effecting a changeover from parliamentary to the presidential form of government in Turkey.

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Turks on Sunday voted by a narrow 51.4% margin to change their constitution and grant President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers.

Yilmaz added that the CHP was not surprised by the rejection of Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council of his party's appeal against the constitutional referendum results given the composition of the Council, which, he claimed, is dominated by supporters of the Turkish president.

"We are going to evaluate the objections before noon", Sadi Güven told reporters in Ankara Wednesday morning. The two leaders also discussed Turkey's support of the US response to a Syrian chemical weapons attack and efforts to counter the Islamic State group, according to the White House summary of their phone call Monday. Turkey's main opposition party has filed a formal request seeking Sunday's referendum to be annulled because of voting irregularities.

Erdogan said Turkey could hold further referendums on its European Union bid and re-introducing the death penalty.

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A prosecutor will now consider whether to press charges against Guven.

"We will follow closely how Turkey behaves on this".

Erdogan has rejected the criticism by monitors. The placards reads in Turkish: "No we will win".

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Erdogan and Trump would meet in person next month, before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. Cavusoglu said that he and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would finalize the date according to the two presidents' schedules.

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