Turkey pleased by Trump's approach: President Erdogan

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.

Mr Yildirim said the "the path to seek rights" should be limited to legal objections and urged the opposition to accept the vote's outcome.

The Sunday vote had an 85 percent turnout, with 51.4 percent voting "yes" to allow for constitutional changes which will give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers when it comes to national matters of legislation, finance, appointments and civil society.

President Trump plans to meet next month with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Turkish and US officials, just weeks after Erdogan claimed victory in a referendum that vastly increased his powers and has been questioned by the opposition and worldwide observers.

A member of Turkey's main opposition party says the party plans to go the country's top court to challenge the electoral board's 10-1 decision to uphold the results of the referendum expanding the president's powers.

"It is clear that the High Electoral Board is not receiving its power from the people, the law or the constitution but rather from a specific center, a specific political authority", he said.

"We demand the cancelation of this referendum", Bulent Tezcan said, as quoted by AP.

A prosecutor will now consider whether to press charges against Guven.

Worldwide election monitors, including the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, have expressed concern over the way the vote was carried out.

Anadolu news agency cited a statement by Istanbul Police that said the suspects were detained early Wednesday for attempting to provoke a response similar to the mass anti-government demonstrations that happened across Turkey in 2013.

"The German government takes the report by the OSCE and the Council of Europe very seriously, and we expect Turkey to do so", government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters in Berlin.

He has told thousands of cheering supporters that global observers who criticised the poll should "know your place".

"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.

Erdogan reaffirmed he would now hold talks on reinstating capital punishment - a move that would automatically end Turkey's European Union bid - and would call another referendum if the bill did not get enough votes in parliament to become law. Criticizing the YSK's last-minute decision to deem unsealed ballot papers as valid at the start of the vote-counting process, the CHP head said the decision "proves that the "No" side won the vote".

Turkey is pleased by the way U.S. Donald Trump is approaching issues, and would like a sit-down meeting to discuss the bilateral partnership, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday, calling the U.S. and Turkey allies.

  • Joanne Flowers