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

Turkey demands end of European Union interference in referendum outcome

Turkey demands end of European Union interference in referendum outcome

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.

Supporters of the "no" vote, (Hayir in Turkish) chant slogans during a protest against the referendum outcome, in Istanbul, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

"When the High Electoral Board [YSK] announces official results, our president will be able to return to the party", Yildirim told reporters in front of AKP headquarters.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech Monday, a day after claiming victory in a referendum. The YSK stated on April 19 that it inspected appeals from the two parties in parliament, as well as the Vatan Party, and rejected them all, with only one affirmative vote from its 11 members.

Opposition parties filed formal requests asking the electoral board to void the referendum result over concerns about voting irregularities.

Sancar went on to state that the electoral board's last-minute decision to allow unstamped ballots had prevented proper record-keeping to occur, meaning it was now impossible to determine how many invalid or make votes may have been counted.

Mr Yildirim said the "the path to seek rights" should be limited to legal objections and urged the opposition to accept the vote's outcome.

According to unofficial results, the "yes" campaign won with 51.41 percent, while the "no" votes stood at 48.59 percent.

The party said it would not recognize the result and explore every avenue to overturn the result, including applying to the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

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

Worldwide election monitors, including from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, noted a series of irregularities, and said the decision to accept as valid ballots without official stamps undermined safeguards against fraud and was contrary to Turkish law.

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 USA missile attack on Syria in response to a chemical attack by Syrian government forces on April 4. "From the German government's point of view, Turkey must. clear up the questions that have been raised".

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

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

He said the reports were incorrect and revealed "ignorance".

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