Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump congratulates Turkish President Erdogan on referendum victory


Istanbul police arrested 38 people in raids early on Wednesday, following protests the previous night, according to reports by opposition newspaper "Birgun".

"With this illegal decision, ballot box councils [officials at polling stations] were misled into believing that the use of unstamped ballots was appropriate", the Union of Turkish Bar Associations said in a statement.

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

But Erdogan said Turkey had no intention of paying any attention to the monitors' report.

In a phone call, the U.S. president also thanked Mr Erdogan for supporting America's missile strike on a Syrian government airbase on 7 April.

Kempf said Tuesday that Turkey "needs a strong business partner in Europe that supports the further economic development of the country".

"The problem is that there is a big shadow on the legitimacy of the results because in the very last minute the [YSK] changed the rules of the game while the game was on", said Utku Cakirozer, an MP for the CHP told Al Jazeera.

Electoral board head Sadi Guven said the objections would be evaluated later on Wednesday.

If not stamped, they are to be considered invalid.

CHP vice chairman Erdal Aksunger said the party expects the board "to eliminate fraud and cancel the referendum".

While defending the continuation of Turkey's European Union membership talks, Gabriel also underlined that the future of Turkey's European Union perspective would depend on Ankara's upcoming moves.

A statement issued by the President's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Tuesday said Buhari particularly congratulated Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his foresight.

"One thing is clear: The introduction of the death penalty would be synonymous with the end of the European dream". "This is the reddest of all red lines".

Erdogan has lashed back at the OSCE global monitors' initial findings, telling them to "know their place", Reuters reports.

WASHINGTON, ANKARA-U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday congratulated Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his slim "victory" after the country's April 16 referendum election, vastly perceived as controversial.

The prime minister then called on the main opposition party to be accountable for their actions. The decision led protesters in Istanbul to call for the resignation of board members while the main opposition party said it would take the decision to Turkey's top court.

The vote has been criticised by opposition parties because ballot papers which were unstamped, as required by Turkish law, were included in the count.

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