Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

European Union warns Turkey on death penalty 'red line'

European Union warns Turkey on death penalty 'red line'

On Monday, the OSCE said in a statement that an "unlevel playing field" was caused in Turkey in the run up to the referendum on April 16.

Speaking in an interview with broadcaster A Haber, Mr. Erdogan said challenging the results of the referendum was beyond the remit of Turkey's Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights, after Turkey's main opposition vowed to take legal action against what it said were irregularities.

The French government said it would "follow with great care" the global monitors' final report in coming weeks, particularly in relation to a reported last-minute change of rules by the electoral boards to allow ballots that had not been officially stamped.

However, in Turkey's three largest cities - Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir - a majority voted "no".

(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel). A supporter of the "no" vote lights a flare during a protest in Istanbul, against the referendum outcome, Monday, April 17, 2017.

"The referendum is a sovereign affair of the Republic of Turkey".

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's prime minister on Tuesday called on the opposition to respect the result of a referendum that will give sweeping new powers to the office of the president.

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

Opposition parties have promised to challenge the outcome.

According to a statement by his spokesperson, Mr. Buhari said he "believes the referendum showcases the democratic credentials of the country and reflects a willingness of the Turkish people to live together and jointly pursue a better future". His prime minister - whose post is being abolished under the changes - said "rumours of irregularities" were an effort to cast a shadow over the result. The U.S. State Department said it had taken note of the European monitors' concerns and looked forward to a final report, urging the Turkish government to protect the rights and freedoms of all citizens, however they voted.

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

Opposition parties, the Turkish bar association and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe monitoring group have said the referendum fell short of global standards.

The changes, most of which are due to come into force after November 2019, are some of the most far-reaching in Turkey since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk established the modern state in 1923 on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire.

Trump also told Erdogan he cared about the friendship between Turkey and the USA, and noted there were important things to do together.

He has told thousands of cheering supporters that worldwide observers who criticised the poll should "know your place".

The European Union has also urged a probe into fraud claims after worldwide observers voiced concerns, although Russian President Vladimir Putin called his Turkish counterpart to offer congratulations.

The two leaders will meet in May, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference carried by CNN Turk on Wednesday.

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