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Turkey: Election board rejects referendum appeals

Turkey: Election board rejects referendum appeals

Meanwhile, the prime minister has warned against street protests. Turkey's main opposition party has filed a formal request seeking Sun.

The vote has been criticised by opposition parties because ballot papers which were unstamped, as required by Turkish law, were included in the count.

But he said the AKP would not hold a party congress until 2018, indicating Erdogan would not officially become its leader until then.

The mission of observers from the 47-member Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights body, said the referendum was an uneven contest.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) had Tuesday requested the poll be scrapped due to alleged violations. "You can not build a change in the political system on such a controversial and unfair referendum".

A defiant Erdogan, whose narrow victory exposed the nation's deep divisions, has said Sunday's vote ended all debate on the more powerful presidency he has long sought, and Turkey would ignore criticism of the referendum from European observers.

President Trump plans to meet next month with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Turkish and US officials, just weeks after Erdogan claimed victory in a referendum that vastly increased his powers and has been questioned by the opposition and global observers.

Supporters of the "no" vote, one, holding a banner of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, centre, chant slogans during a protest against the referendum outcome, in Istanbul, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Demonstrations against the outcome of a referendum expanding the president's powers are continuing in Istanbul, where protesters are demanding the resignation of the election board that has refused to void the vote.

"Calling people to the street is wrong and is outside the line of legitimacy", Mr Yildirim said, adding that "we expect the main opposition party's leader to act more responsibly".

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.

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

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


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