European Union urges 'transparent investigations' into Turkey referendum results

Cheryl Sanders
April 19, 2017

However, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) challenged the result.

Erdogan's supporters took to the streets to cheer, while opponents stayed indoors banging pots and pans in protest over the vote to bring the biggest overhaul in Turkish politics since the founding of the modern republic, abolishing the prime minister's post and concentrating power in the presidency.

"Democracies gain strength through respect for diverse points of view, especially on hard issues".

Sources close to the president said he told President Erdogan: "I value our friendship, we have many important things to do together".

"We call on the Turkish authorities to consider the next steps very carefully, and to seek the broadest possible national consensus in the follow-up to the national referendum", European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said.

The bar association said a last-minute decision by the YSK to allow unstamped ballots in the referendum was clearly against the law, prevented proper records being kept, and may have impacted the results. "It is wrong to speak after the people have spoken".

In Ankara, hundreds of people were queuing outside the election board's offices to submit petitions requesting the board reverse its decision to accept the ballots without official stamps.

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.

Lying between East and West, Turkey has a "crucial" role to play in the fight against terrorism and in military security cooperation, Alfano said.

The disputed ballots in Turkey's referendum are "legitimate", said the head of YSK.

Trump is now the only leader in the Western world to congratulate Erdogan on the election results, effectively endorsing the outcome and extending the imprimatur of the United States government on democracy's slow demise in Turkey.

Unlike European leaders who expressed reservations about the referendum, US President Donald Trump telephoned Erdogan to congratulate him on his victory.

According to observers from the OSCE and human rights body the Council of Europe, the procedures used in the referendum campaign and during the vote in Turkey did not meet worldwide standards.

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