Turkish PM warns opposition against street protests

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The result sparked mass protest in Turkey, with demonstrators taking to the streets to voice their disapproval.

Ultimately, if the referendum stands, Turkey will shift from a parliamentary government to one largely controlled by the president-though numerous changes strengthening the president's powers won't take place until after the next election in 2019.

Bulent Tezcan, deputy chairman of the opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, said the party filed a formal request seeking the referendum's annulment due to voting irregularities. In the months before the referendum, more than a dozen HDP parliamentarians were thrown in prison on terrorism charges as were hundreds of party members.

In 2016, Erdogan's party tried to pass legislation that would pardon men who raped underage women if they married their victims, but the measure was pulled from consideration after sparking outrage.

"We want the commission that looks at those to do their job and to do a report on the election results", Sanders said.

"I don't have any trust" in Turkey's judiciary or the YSK", said Mr. Kilicdaroglu, using the board's Turkish initials, in an interview at his parliamentary office.

The mission of observers from the 47-member Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights body, said the referendum was an uneven contest.

The European Commission called on Turkey to launch a transparent investigation into the alleged irregularities.

Turkey's top election authority on Tuesday rejected an opposition bid to annul the referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers after complaints of vote-rigging, state media reported. Everyone and all sections - and the main opposition party in particular- must show respect. "It's wrong to say something after the nation has spoken", he said. He had a vested interest in smooth relations with Ankara.

From appointing cabinet ministers to judges and prosecutors, and from declaring a state of emergency to dissolving Parliament, the Turkish president will have powers at his disposal that no other president in developed democracies has. It has now been extended three times since the July 2016 failed coup.

Last year, Obama said there were trends in Turkey that he was "troubled with, " including a fierce crackdown on the press.

There were protests in Istanbul with a few thousand people crowding the anti-Erdogan Besiktas and Kadikoy districts, blowing whistles and chanting "We are shoulder to shoulder against fascism". "We made mistakes against Turkey, but one thing is clear, the introduction of the death penalty would be synonymous with the end of the European dream".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has insisted the new constitutional reforms in the country don't make him a dictator. This result is a beginning of a new era.

"We have turned a new page in our political history". No one is a loser in this election. "They have both won", Yildrim stated.



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