Erdogan insists Turkey reforms don't make him a dictator — CNN Exclusive

Meanwhile, flag-waving supporters of Erdogan celebrated as their President praised them for their "historic decision" that could keep him in office until 2029. The placards reads in Turkish: "No we will win".

The main opposition party has launched an appeal to invalidate the result.

Opposition supporters took to the streets of Istanbul to bang pots and pans, a traditional form of protest, in a series of noisy demonstrations.

Votes are shown to observers at a voting station in Istanbul on Sunday.


Turkey has extended measures aimed at securing the rights and freedoms of citizens which have been in place since July a year ago following a deadly coup attempt by three more months.

Turkey blames Gulen and his supporters for orchestrating the July 15 coup attempt, a charge he denies. He will be allowed to make judicial and government appointments, issue decrees and declare state of emergencies.

The move comes despite protests from opposition parties and global monitoring groups - as well as Trump's own State Department - about voting irregularities during Sunday's referendum.

"The system represents a change, a transformation in the democratic history of Turkey", he said.

In their petitions Tuesday, the residents of Ankara said the decision and other reported irregularities were in open violation of the law. Now they are preparing a report stating that the elections in Turkey passed in this or that way.

Opposition events were obstructed and state resources misused, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said.

Mr Erdogan called on foreign powers to respect the outcome of the referendum granting him extra powers, after a campaign marked by bitter tensions with the European Union. The Islamist leader now has the power to dissolve Turkey's parliament and has unilateral control over the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nation's judiciary.

The Turkish president, however, doesn't care. He said the party would use all legal paths to challenge the vote.

"Ballots and envelopes given to citizens are valid and produced by the High Electoral Board", the President of Turkish High Electoral Board said.

"The thing to be done is to cancel this referendum which lost its legitimacy", he said.

"On the death penalty.not only is this a red line, but the reddest of all red lines", Commission spokesman Schinas said.

On Monday, Erdogan renewed suggestions that Turkey could hold referendums on its bid to join the European Union and on reinstating the death penalty.

Worldwide election monitors have condemned the Turkish government's handling of the vote as "inadequate for the holding of a genuinely democratic referendum", according to CNN.

The EU's focus now is to decide the future of Turkey's EU accession negotiations, the official said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the "tight referendum result shows how deeply divided Turkish society is and that means a big responsibility for the Turkish leadership and for President Erdogan personally".

The CHP, which was founded by the father of modern Turkey, Kemal Attaturk, and the predominantly Kurdish People's Democratic Party, both called for annulment of the result, which gave a majority of 51.41% to 48.59% to the package of 18 constitutional amendments.

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