For Trump, no qualms in embracing autocratic leaders

Turkey's prime minister on Tuesday called on the opposition to respect the result of a referendum that will give sweeping new powers to the office of the president, but the main opposition party formally requested to have the vote voided.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he would meet his USA counterpart Donald Trump in Washington on May 16-17, in their first meeting since Trump took office in January.

The CHP lawyer said the YSK should not finalize the election result until the party's application at the Council of State concludes.

Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who also listed numerous irregularities, said the board's move undermined important election safeguards.

Together with the third largest pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and another opposition party not in parliament, the CHP called for the referendum to be annulled this week.

Roettgen said the result of the vote among Turks in Germany underscored the lack of complete integration of many second and third generation Turks into German society.

The justice minister said the CHP was showing contempt for the people's will and tweeted, "No court can undo/change the decisions of the nation".

The "Yes" side won 51.4 percent of the vote in Sunday's referendum on creating an executive presidency, axing the role of prime minister from 2019.

In Ankara, Fatma Korur, 46, said she was exercising her constitutional right to object to "illegal" results.

Ankara has also said FETO is behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary. We encourage the Turkish authorities to work with the OSCE to address their concerns.

However, Erdogan sees prospects for improvement in ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies under Trump.

Turkey's government and president should reverse the decision to extend the state of emergency after winning the April 16, 2017 presidential referendum and end the wave of political repression unleashed in the months before the vote, Human Rights Watch said today.

Led by USA -based Fetullah Gulen, FETO is accused of orchestrating the July 2016 coup plot in Turkey as well as being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

  • Leroy Wright