EU urges Turkey to probe referendum vote

The Commission said that any legislation bringing back the death penalty to Turkey, as pledged by Erdogan during his campaign, would certainly end Ankara's European Union membership bid.

"Supporters of pro-'no" vote chant slogans as they protest in Istanbul, against the referendum outcome, early Monday, April 17, 2017. Thousands of people marched through at least three neighbourhoods of Istanbul, some chanting "Thief, Erdogan", "no to the presidency" and "this is just the beginning" after calls on social media for protests in several cities.

The main opposition party rejected the result and called for the vote to be annulled.

The European Union is calling on the Turkish authorities to launch "transparent investigations" into "alleged irregularities" during last weekend's referendum on increased powers for the country's presidency.

Turkey's main opposition began a battle on Tuesday to annul a referendum handing President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, while the bar association and an global monitor said an illegal move by electoral authorities may have swung the vote.

Turkey's main opposition party urged the country's electoral board Monday to cancel the results of a landmark referendum that granted sweeping new po.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Erdogan said that a constitutional reform package - backed by a narrow majority of Turkey's voters in a referendum on Sunday - was not about him.

Opposition parties indicated that they are encouraged by the results, which gave them effectively half of the votes, and that they consider the referendum tainted by irregularities.

The opposition has listed a series of irregularities, but has been particularly outraged by an electoral board decision announced late Sunday to accept ballots that didn't bear the official stamps used to verify they are genuine, as required by Turkish law.

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Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who also listed numerous problems, said the move undermined important election safeguards.

The new system will dispense with the prime minister's post and centralise the entire executive bureaucracy under the president, giving Erdogan the direct power to appoint ministers.

Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Yildirim said "rumors" of irregularities were a vain effort to cast doubt on the result.

Kilicdaroglu said he respected the nation's will, but the decision on unsealed ballots had overshadowed the results. Turkey's main opposition party has filed a formal request seeking Sun. "President Trump thanked President Erdoğan for supporting this action by the United States, and the leaders agreed on the importance of holding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable".

Similar queues are also reported in front of an election board office in Istanbul.

"We neither see, hear, nor acknowledge the political reports you'll prepare", he said later at the palace.

"From now on, covers without cartoons will also be counted as valid", said the caption, in reference to the controversy over the counting of unstamped ballots.

Trump joins a short list of leaders who have openly congratulated Erdogan, including Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Saudi King Salman.

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