European Union warns Turkey on death penalty 'red line'

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called on Tuesday the country's opposition to respect the referendum result that grants the president sweeping powers.

The CHP yesterday called for the annulment of the referendum and said it would take its challenge to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary, after a last-minute decision by the electoral board to allow unstamped ballots.

Turkey voted on Sunday to switch to a presidential system, greatly increasing Erdogan's powers.

U.S. President Donald Trump calls Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on April 17, 2017 to congratulate him on constitutional referendum "victory".

While the majority of ballots cast in Turkey's controversial referendum have now been counted, the country's opposition has made it clear they will not accept the "yes" result without a fight.

The High Electoral Board said it had assessed appeals from the CHP and two other parties at a seven-hour meeting, and rejected them by 10 to one.

Global election monitors, including the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, have expressed concern over the way the vote was carried out.

It also contrasts with more cautious responses from several European leaders, with some even saying the vote effectively ended Turkey's decade-long attempt to join the EU.

A government spokesperson said: "We will follow closely how Turkey behaves on this".

Erdogan has rejected reports about voting irregularities from European observers, saying Turkey does not "see, hear, or acknowledge the politically motivated reports" of the worldwide monitors.

Opponents of Erdogan are calling the fairness of the referendum vote into question and demanding a recount.

The unofficial results show the Yes campaign won with 51.41 percent, while No votes stood at 48.59 percent.

"For the first time in the history of the Republic, we are changing our ruling system through civil politics".

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet U.S. President Donald Trump in May ahead of a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

Up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated in the referendum, Alev Korun, an Austrian member of the Council of Europe observer mission, told ORF radio yesterday.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday a critical report by European observers on the referendum contained several mistakes which he believed were deliberate.

  • Elsie Buchanan