Sábado, 23 Febrero, 2019

Turkish Opposition to Seek Referendum Annulment Even After Appeal Rejection

US-Turkey relations Trump congratulates Erdogan on successful Turkey referendum Turkey's premier warns opposition against street protests
Cris De Lacerda | 23 Abril, 2017, 03:59

"We demand the cancellation of this referendum", Tezcan said.

The opposition is particularly incensed by a last-minute move by the YSK to accept ballot documents in envelopes without an official stamp.

Demonstrations against the outcome of a referendum expanding the president's powers are continuing in Istanbul, where protesters are demanding the resignation of the election board that has refused to void the vote.

Mehmet Hadimi Yakupoglu, the Republican People's Party's representative to the High Electoral Board, said the party had asked the board to annul Sunday's referendum "because we weren't able to ensure election safety".

A prosecutor will now consider whether to press charges against Guven.

"The tight referendum result shows how deeply divided Turkish society is and that means a big responsibility for the Turkish leadership and for President Erdogan personally", Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in a joint statement, calling for a "respectful dialogue" in Ankara with the opposition and all parts of Turkish society.

In an address to legislators from his ruling party on Tuesday, Binali Yildirim said the people had voted to switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system, adding: the "opposition should not speak after the people have spoken".

Earlier, 19 people were detained for allegedly using the results of a constitutional referendum as an "excuse" to organize "unauthorized demonstrations", official Anadolu news agency reported.

His comments came after Brussels urged Ankara to probe claims of irregularities in Sunday's vote which resulted in a narrow win for the "Yes" camp on the controversial constitutional changes. "From the German government's point of view, Turkey must. clear up the questions that have been raised".

Erdogan reaffirmed he would now hold talks on reinstating capital punishment-a move that would automatically end Turkey's European Union bid-and would hold a referendum if it did not get enough votes in parliament to become law.

HDP deputy chairman Mithat Sancar said the vote was also undermined by the fact that the campaign was held under emergency rule while the party's co-leaders were under arrest, that its candidates for polling station monitors had been rejected, and the "Yes" campaign had benefited from state resources. Observers said this decision, made in the afternoon of election day, removed an important safeguard against fraud. Its leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu slammed on Tuesday YSK's decision to count unsealed ballots in the referendum.

In contrast, the US President, Donald Trump congratulated his Turkish counterpart personally on the phone on Monday in a conversation in which they discussed recent developments in Syria, the US response to the chemical attack in Syria and "agreed on the importance of holding Syrian president Bashar al-Assad accountable".