White House defends Trump's congratulatory call to Turkey's Erdogan
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 16:50
Mr. Buhari congratulated Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for the "foresight and maturity of leading his people to the polls to decide on the future of leadership for the country that will further deepen peace and stability".
After slim lead in referendum win, many Turkish people are concerned that democracy in the country will suffer due to the creation of an all-powerful but unchecked president.
The European Union also urged a probe into the poll fraud claims after worldwide observers voiced concerns, but US President Donald Trump called his Turkish counterpart to offer his congratulations.
The validity of Turkey's historic referendum result remained in doubt 48 hours after unofficial results were declared, as the main opposition party submitting its official appeal to the election overseer, and a European Council observer suggesting irregularities with more than two million votes.
Referring to remarks President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made before the referendum result was finalized, in which the president indicated the result could not be altered, Kaboglu said, "Such discourse raises serious questions about Turkey's democratic future".
"It is the reddest of the red lines", said European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas.
The government and the Supreme Board and Elections (YSK) have together "staged a coup against the national will", main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said, adding that his party "does not recognize" the result of the referendum shifting Turkey to an executive presidential system.
In turn, the European Commission has called on Turkey to launch a transparent investigation into the election irregularities.
The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe (CoE) also noted that the referendum "fell short of CoE standards".
Meanwhile, worldwide monitors with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) raised concerns over a decision by the electoral board to accept ballots that did not have official stamps, as required by Turkish law, which critics said could amount to election fraud.
"We have an unequivocal rejection of the death penalty".
Turkey's main secularist opposition CHP said it will present its appeal for the annulment of Sunday's referendum boosting the powers of Mr. Erdogan to the High Electoral Board (YSK) on Tuesday, the party said in a statement. "That is why it is very significant", he said. "You can not build a change in the political system on such a controversial and unfair referendum".