Turkish body votes against annulling referendum

Turkish body votes against annulling referendum

Turkish body votes against annulling referendum

"Everything in question should be considered as showing the power of democracy in Turkey".

A senior official with the Trump administration said the President did not raise any concerns about the referendum with Erdogan, describing that part of the phone call as a "simple congrats". However, he added, "Erdogan has ruled with a narrow victory before". "The crusader mentality attacked us overseas, inside their lackeys attacked us".

The opposition has cited several problems with how the vote was conducted.

"This is not a text of social consensus but one of social division", Tezcan said. "There is a serious and solid problem of legitimacy that will forever be debated". The board, however, published past rulings on the validity of unstamped ballots. Voters in France and the Netherlands also backed the reform. The system is created to ensure that only one vote is cast per registered person and to avoid the possibility of ballot box-stuffing.

"This is about the fact that actually the law only allows official voting envelopes".

He said the remarks made following the referendum had gone too far and that the report lacked respect for Turkish voters.

The Council of Europe's observer mission said as many as 2.5 million votes might have been compromised and if so, the election result would have been changed. The commission expressed concern about holding the referendum vote during a state of emergency and in light of the crackdown on media freedom.

"For years, we have worked on getting ourselves integrated with the world", Serafettin Asut, head of the chamber of commerce and industry in the Mediterranean city of Mersin, home to one of Turkey's largest worldwide ports.

Tana de Zulueta, head of the observer mission, told reporters that the group had paid a courtesy call and held a "cordial" meeting with electoral board members.

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Kilicdaroglu said he respected the nation's will, but the decision on unsealed ballots had overshadowed the results.

"The ballot papers are not fake, there is no (reason) for doubt", Guven said.

In a joint statement, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and European Neighbourhood Police and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said: "We take note of the reported results of the referendum in Turkey on the amendments to the constitution, adopted by the Turkish Grand National Assembly on 21 January 2017".

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the people and government of Turkey on the successful conclusion of the country's referendum on Monday.

Turkish dollar bond prices rose across the curve to five-month highs and five-year credit default swaps traded at a two-week low of 233 basis points (bps), according to IHS Markit data.

The new system takes full effect at the next election, now slated for November 2019. Other changes are to be implemented sooner, including scrapping a requirement that the president not be a member of any political party.

The referendum campaign was highly divisive and heavily one-sided, with the "yes" side dominating the airwaves and billboards.

Election monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were seen entering the High Electoral Board headquarters in Ankara.

"At the moment, this is a dubious vote", he said. Opposition parties have complained of a series of irregularities, particularly an electoral board decision to accept ballots without official stamps, as required by Turkish law.

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