Iraqi parliament hails Yes win in Turkey referendum

Erdoğan declared victory on Sunday night after a nail-biting contest with more than 80% voter turnout, though opposition parties have said they will contest the result of the poll and the Republican People's party, the largest bloc in the opposition, said on Monday it wanted the result annulled. European monitors said the vote did not live up to global standards.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must heal a divided country after narrowly winning a contested referendum, but it is unclear whether he is interested in forging the compromises needed for reconciliation, analysts say.

The minister added: "In the meantime, coherent with Turkey's membership in the Council of Europe, we are hoping for a cooling of internal tensions in the country, and, in addition, involvement of the opposition in the implementation path of the reforms". "Collaboration with the European Union will be even more complex".

There are 600,000 votes yet to be counted.

The "Yes" crusade won 51.4 percent of the vote against 48.6 percent for "No", the decision commission said in figures cited by state news office Anadolu, in a tally in light of 99.5 percent of the voting booths.

He urged "other countries and institutions to show respect to the decision of the nation", and did not show a softening in his rhetoric against the West. Official results are due to be announced in the next 12 days.

But there were just as many who were devastated by the result.

Turkey has also suffered renewed violence between Kurdish militants and security forces in the country's volatile southeast, as well as a string of bombings, some attributed to the Islamic State group, which is active across the border in Syria. Erdogan told supporters on Sunday that Turkey could hold another referendum on reinstating the death penalty.

Hollande said in a statement Monday that France "takes note" of accusations of substantial voting irregularities in Sunday's referendum giving Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers. In some affluent, secular neighbourhoods, opponents stayed indoors, banging pots and pans, a sign of dissent that became widespread during anti-Erdogan protests in 2013, when the police crushed demonstrations against him.

"The ballot papers are not fake, there is no (reason) for doubt", Guven said. Supporters of the "no" vote have complained of intimidation, including beatings, detentions and threats. "The legal framework was inadequate for the holding of a genuinely democratic process", said Cezar Florin Preda, head of the delegation.

"This is not a text of social consensus but one of social division", Tezcan said. Instead, questionable ballots with no official seal were to be considered valid unless there was proof that they were fraudulent. The OSCE cannot sanction Turkey for its conduct of the vote but it can suggest recommendations.

The new presidential system takes effect at the next election, now slated for 2019.

Legislator Utku Cakirozer of the CHP told The Associated Press that his party would file objections to results at local electoral board branches, before taking their case to the Supreme Electoral Board.

The new constitutional changes transform Turkey's governance from a parliamentary system to an executive presidency, significantly expanding the powers of the top office.

Ismail Calisan, an Ankara resident, accepted the result with grace.

  • Leroy Wright