Turkey's premier warns opposition against street protests
- Author: Elsie Buchanan Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 0:28
Omer Celik defended what he said were Turkey's strong legal framework and transparent process for elections.
Presidents Trump and Erdogan "also discussed the counter-ISIS campaign and the need to cooperate against all groups that use terrorism to achieve their ends", according to the White House readout. Turkey's main opposition party has filed a formal request seeking Sunday's referendum to be annulled because of alleged voting irregularities.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the Republican People's Party, or CHP, made the comments during a speech to his lawmakers Tuesday, challenging the outcome of the referendum on constitutional amendments.
Electoral board head Sadi Guven said the objections would be evaluated Wednesday.
The decision by the YSK to allow unstamped ballots was clearly against the law, prevented proper records being kept, and may have impacted the results, according to the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB).
We have not been alone in blasting President Trump for calling to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a "victory" in an election rife with "irregularities", according to worldwide monitors.
He said that the death penalty is more than a red line.
"But", he cautioned, "my hope would be that there is a second phone call, one that doesn't require a lot of public airing, where he's unambiguous as the President of the United States on his concerns over human rights, on freedom of the press, on the rights of women, on freedom of religion and the rule of law and all the necessary actions to preserve the democratic institutions of Turkey".
Worldwide election observers and opposition parties have reported numerous voting irregularities during the vote which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won by a narrow margin.
"The federal government perceives the report of the OSCE and the European Union very seriously".
Opposition politicians as well as foreign governments called into question Sunday's referendum vote that gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers by a margin of 51.2 percent.
In an address to legislators from his ruling party on Tuesday, Binali Yildirim said the people had voted to switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system, adding: the "opposition should not speak after the people have spoken".
Mr. Buhari congratulated Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for the "foresight and maturity of leading his people to the polls to decide on the future of leadership for the country that will further deepen peace and stability".
The French government said it would "follow with great care" the worldwide monitors' final report in coming weeks, particularly in relation to a reported last-minute change of rules by the electoral boards to allow ballots that had not been officially stamped.
Worldwide monitors said the move undermined safeguards against fraud.