In Turkey Istanbul police detains leftist activists after 'No' protests: party


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

People queue outside the High Electoral Board in Ankara yesterday, in order to submit their personal appeal for annulment of the referendum as Turkish policemen stand guard at the entrance.

The French government said it would "follow with great care" the worldwide 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.

Worldwide election monitors, including the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, have expressed concern over the way the vote was carried out. Hundreds of people are queuing in front of Turkey's election board in cap. He accused the board of "changing the rules midgame".

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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.

"Efforts to cast a shadow on the result of the vote by spreading rumours of fraud are futile and in vain", Yildirim said.

The party said he was detained on accusations of "agitating the public" by claiming the "Yes" vote was illegitimate.

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Earlier, Yildirim said that "the path to seek rights" should be limited to the courts.

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

"Any move to reintroduce the death penalty would be another disastrous step away from human rights norms for Turkey", Williamson said.

His congratulations stands in stark contrast to the more cautious tone adopted by European leaders and a statement issued by the US State Department, which acknowledged the results but warned against further repression by the Turkish government of the political opposition. 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.

Worldwide election observers and opposition parties have reported numerous voting irregularities during the vote which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won by a narrow margin. "We will follow closely how Turkey behaves on this".

According to Turkish officials, the leaders also discussed the situation in Syria, with Trump commending Turkey's support of recent US military strikes against the regime of dictator Bashir al-Assad.

Opposition parties filed formal requests Tuesday to void the results over voting irregularities, particularly an electoral board decision to accept ballots without official stamps, as required by Turkish law.

Global election monitors also delivered a scathing verdict Monday on the conduct of the referendum.