President Trump calls Erdogan to congratulate him on referendum
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 19:52
"Here we have a ballot box. the democracy gets its power from the people".
But the "Yes" vote has even wider implications for Turkey, which joined North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in 1952 and in the last half century has been engaged in a stalled bid to join the European Union.
Turkey's president has rejected global monitors' criticism of the referendum that approved expanded presidential powers Sunday, saying the vote was the "most democratic election" seen in any Western country.
The voters also turned Turkey's parliamentary system into a presidential one. "We call on all actors to show restraint and on the authorities to launch transparent investigations into alleged irregularities".
Opposition parties called for the vote to be annulled because of a series of irregularities, particularly an electoral board decision to accept ballots that didn't bear official stamps, as required by Turkish law.
"In general, the referendum did not live up to Council of Europe standards". The changes reinstate the death penalty which alone can invalidate Turkey's request for membership in the European Union.
"This is the reddest of all red lines".
The bar association expects Turkey's electoral body to realize its constitutional responsibilities in evaluating complaints, a statement said.
Earlier in the day, Turkey's Supreme Election Council (YSK) President Sadi Guven said that the council would evaluate the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) demand that YSK cancel the results of the constitutional referendum due to various violations.
The CHP said Deputy Chairman Bulent Tezcan would present the appeal to the YSK at 2:30 p.m.
"Poland acknowledges the results of Turkey's referendum on 16 April 2017 and awaits their official confirmation", the ministry said in a statement.
"With the people, we have realised the most important reform in our history", he added. "That is why it is very significant", he said.
Erdogan, whose narrow victory laid bare the nation's divisions, told flag-waving supporters that foreign election observers should "know their place" and Turkey did not "see, hear or acknowledge" criticism that the vote did not live up to worldwide standards.