Turkey election board 'rejects referendum annulment bid'

Turkey's state-run news agency says the country's electoral board has rejected the oppositions' petitions to annul the referendum on expanding the powers of the presidency.

Turkey voted on Sunday to switch to a presidential system, greatly increasing Erdogan's powers.

The vote has been criticised by opposition parties because ballot papers which were unstamped, as required by Turkish law, were included in the count.

Turkey's Supreme Election Board (YSK) rejected appeals to annul the referendum results after a meeting on Wednesday.

"The main opposition party not recognising the results is not an acceptable thing", Mr Yildirim said.

Binali Yildirim said Wednesday the electoral board would rule on the main opposition Republican People's Party's request for the referendum's annulment.

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.

A prosecutor will now consider whether to press charges against Guven. He added that "we expect the main opposition party's leader to act more responsibly".

The official results are due to be released at the beginning of May.

According to unofficial results of the April 16 constitutional referendum, the "Yes" campaign won with 51.41 per cent, while the "No" votes stood at 48.59 per cent.

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

The German government has also questioned the vote after the European Union called for a probe into the result.

On Monday, the White House said in a statement that Trump called Erdogan to congratulate him on his referendum victory and to thank him for supporting a US missile attack on Syria in response to a chemical attack by Syrian government forces on April 4.

Erdogan has dismissed the criticism from the observers, telling the monitors to "know your place".

"You can not come to Turkey and interfere in its politics", Cavusoglu said, calling the observer missions' findings "biased".

The U.S. response has been different, with President Donald Trump calling Erdogan shortly after the referendum to congratulate him on his win.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday that the two leaders would sit down together before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit scheduled for May 29-30 in Brussels.

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