Turkey's opposition CHP to demand annulation of referendum

Turkey's opposition CHP to demand annulation of referendum

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Tourist centers such as the Mediterranean city of Antalya, through which some 6 million foreign visitors entered the country a year ago, also overwhelmingly voted "No".

Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to congratulate him on his recent referendum victory and to discuss the United States' action in response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons on April 4th.

The CHP has led criticism of the April 16 referendum result, particularly the YSK's decision to include ballot papers unverified by local electoral boards in the count.

The spokesperson for the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, said the call comes after Turkey rejected global observers' criticism of the referendum on Sunday, in which over 51 per cent of voters supported granting greater powers to President Recep Erdogan.

Mr. Erdogan, speaking from his official residence in Istanbul on Sunday, said the referendum had closed the door on Turkey's long history of military intervention in government. "It would be better to have (a) face-to-face meeting and take our relationship forward", he said.As a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a key bridge between the Middle East and Europe, Turkey is an important but hard ally in the efforts to combat ISIS, and to stem the migrant flow from Syria.

The referendum has no "democratic legitimacy", HDP spokesman and lawmaker Osman Baydemir told reporters in Ankara.

The Istanbul Bar Association on Wednesday filed a criminal complaint against electoral board head Sadi Guven for "wrongful conduct" and "altering the result of the election".

More than 320 of Turkey's 500 largest industrial companies are based in cities that voted against the constitutional changes, 181 of them in Istanbul.

"We'll probably continue to see what we've been seeing for the past few months, a pretty anti-EU narrative, he's not going to change this". And Austrian MP Alev Korun - one of the Council of Europe observers - said "there is a suspicion that up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated" - which would have changed the result.

He has told thousands of cheering supporters that global observers who criticised the poll should "know your place". "We call on the Turkish authorities to consider the next steps very carefully and to seek the broadest possible national consensus in the follow-up to the referendum".

The new system takes full effect at the next election, now slated for November 2019. "There will be no call to Erdogan from the Commission, certainly not a congratulatory call", the official said.

"But I'm guessing a number of member states and possibly the European Parliament will be pushing for an official freezing of the accession process".

Unlike European leaders who expressed reservations about the referendum, US President Donald Trump telephoned Erdogan to congratulate him. Cavusoglu says he and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will finalize the date according to the two presidents' schedules.



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