Turkey to extend state of emergency for 3 months

Kurtulmuş's announcement comes after the Turkish National Security Council (MGK), chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, recommended an extension of the state of emergency imposed in the wake of the July 15 coup attempt.

People chant slogans and march in the street protesting the result of the constitutional referendum on April 17, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Turkish government renewed the state of emergency for the third time on Monday, beginning from Wednesday, April 19.

A defiant Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan denounced the West's "crusader mentality" Monday after European monitors criticized a referendum in which he won sweeping new powers. He accused the board of "changing the rules midgame".

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) demanded that the High Electoral Board (YSK) annul the referendum results, after the YSK decided on the day of the referendum to count "unsealed" paper ballots - those not given an official stamp.

Trump's congratulations on Monday were in contrast with European Union leaders who have been reserved in their reaction to the narrow victory and even his own State Department, which earlier noted concerns expressed by global observers over the "uneven playing field".

In an address to legislators from his ruling party on Tuesday, Binali Yildirim said the people had voted to switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system, adding: the "opposition should not speak after the people have spoken".

"The assessment that suggests that the referendum process fell short of worldwide standards is unacceptable", it said in a statement, blasting the monitors as "biased". However, reports in Turkey claim that U.S. President Donald Trump has already called his Turkish counterpart in order to congratulate him on his victory. He said the party would use all legal paths to challenge the vote. Other changes are to be implemented sooner, including scrapping a requirement that the president not be a member of any political party. The two leaders also discussed Turkey's support of the USA response to a Syrian chemical weapons attack and efforts to counter the Islamic State group, according to the White House summary of their phone call Monday.

President Barack Obama initially viewed Erdogan as a possible model for a new generation of Muslim leaders and traveled to Turkey early in his first year in office.

Germany, home to several million Turks, said it was up to Erdogan himself to heal the rifts that the vote had exposed.

  • Leroy Wright