European Union says death penalty would dash European Union hopes
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 18:12
The plan, put forward by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), gives Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping and largely unchecked powers.
Ten members of the Supreme Election Board (YSK) decided against annulling the vote, while only one voted in favour, the board said in a statement.
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) had on Tuesday asked that the poll be scrapped over alleged violations.
The "Yes" camp won 51.41 per cent in Sunday's referendum, according to complete results released by the election authorities.
In Ankara, hundreds of people were queuing outside the election board's offices to submit petitions requesting the board reverse its decision to accept the ballots without official stamps.
Sunday's referendum allows Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey first as prime minister and now as president since 2003, to fulfil his long-held ambition for a presidency with executive powers.
The French government said it would "follow with great care" the worldwide monitors' final report in coming weeks, particularly in relation to a reported last-minute change of rules by the electoral boards to allow ballots that had not been officially stamped.
"The main opposition party not recognizing the results is not an acceptable thing", Yildirim said.
"We will determine a date for the two presidents to meet in May before the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit as previously confirmed by the leaders", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara.
In Ankara, Fatma Korur, 46, said she was exercising her constitutional right to object to "illegal" results.
Before the electoral board's announcement, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the opposition had the right to file objections, but warned that calling for street protests was unacceptable.
In an interview with CNN, Erdogan denied claims Turkey was headed to dictatorship and that the new system was tailor-made for him. "We will employ all legal ways available", Tezcan said.
Underscoring the complicated relationship between the United States and Turkey, the White House readout of Trump's call also noted the pressing issues on which the United States has tried to work with Turkey, namely fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group and quelling Syria's civil war.
Turkey hopes ties with the Trump administration will improve after relations soured between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies during Barack Obama's term over Syria and Turkey's calls for US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen to be extradited. The change has raise concerns of "ballot-stuffing" - where extra votes are cast illegally to manipulate results. "We will demand the rights of the voters until the end", he said. Unlike U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Union would not congratulate Erdogan on his triumph, a Western official with knowledge of EU policy told Reuters. Opposition parties have complained of a series of irregularities, particularly an electoral board decision to accept ballots without official stamps, as required by Turkish law.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Erdogan and Trump would meet in person next month, before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.