Turkish gov't and election board have staged a coup: CHP head
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 7:06
President Trump called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him on his referendum victory, according to the White House.
Most of the changes will not come into effect until after Turkey's next presidential election in 2019 but Mr Erdoğan's towering position in Turkish politics makes it unlikely that anyone will be able to challenge him.
The stamps were required to avoid "ballot-stuffing" - where extra votes are cast illegally to manipulate results - and unstamped ballots had been dismissed as invalid in earlier votes.
"We are going to evaluate the objections before noon", Sadi Güven told reporters in Ankara Wednesday morning. "As a result of evaluations, the appeals were rejected with 10 votes against and 1 vote in favour", it said in a statement.
On Tuesday, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu slammed the Supreme Election Board's decision to count unsealed ballots in the referendum.
"This is a serious legitimacy crisis. We can see which steps are to be taken", he said.
Opponents of Erdogan are calling the fairness of the referendum vote into question and demanding a recount. Turkey's main opposition party has filed a formal request seeking Sunday's referendum to be annulled because of voting irregularities.
Hurriyet said around 14 protesters were detained by the police in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, where a majority of people voted against the constitutional changes in Sunday's referendum. "It would be better to have (a) face-to face meeting and take forward our relationship", Erdogan said. There were widespread expectations he would take over the leadership nearly immediately after the vote.
"The president looks forward to meeting with his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts to reaffirm our strong commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and to discuss issues critical to the alliance, especially allied responsibility-sharing and NATO's role in the fight against terrorism", a White House statement said.
"Here we have a ballot box... the democracy gets its power from the people".
Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Mevlut Cavusoglu said the two leaders would meet in May ahead of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.
"The legal framework. remained inadequate for the holding of a genuinely democratic referendum", the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe monitors said in a statement.