Trump congratulates Erdogan on referendum win

The powers granted could potentially keep the Turkish president in office until 2029, scrap the job of prime minister and allow the president to directly appoint top public officials.

Representatives from a coalition of global bodies said the vote took place on an "unlevel playing field", with the "yes" campaign dominating media coverage.

On Europe's threats that it may halt negotiations on Turkey joining the European Union if the penalty is restored, he remarked: "The EU should deal with Turkey out of partnership and not focus exclusively on benefiting from it in the refugee file".

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the people and government of Turkey on the successful conclusion of the country's referendum on Monday. That's close to the winning margin for "yes", which according to unofficial results received 24.3 million votes, compared to 23.2 million for "no" votes.

"We thank the OSCE Referendum Observation Mission for its important work and note the concerns detailed in its preliminary assessment of the conduct of the vote and campaign".

Trump also spoke to Erdogan in February, reports the Guardian.

The president's ruling AK party argues that Turkey's current fragile economic and security situation needs strong leadership.

Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy chairman Bulent Tezcan will present the demand on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. local time, the party said in a statement. Global monitors pointed out that a last minute decision by the Electoral Board to accept unstamped ballots contradicted electoral law. The US state department noted both issues in a more cautious, less laudatory statement issued a few hours earlier.

After 51.4% of voters reportedly opted to pass the referendum, protests against have erupted in the streets of Istanbul.

Cezar Florin Preda, head of a delegation from the Council of Europe, said it "did not live up to. standards" because of an inadequate legal framework, a "skewed pre-vote campaign" in favour of Yes and intimidation of the opposition.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected global monitors" criticisms of Turkey's referendum, insisting the vote was the "most democratic election' seen in any Western country.

  • Leroy Wright