Turkey electoral board rejects request to annul referendum

Sunday's referendum focussed on a proposal to reinforce the powers of the Turkish president - a move that critics say may worsen the country's rights record and steer it towards dictatorship.

President Trump called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to congratulate him on a referendum that expands his presidential powers - even as the US State Department joined others in disputing the election's results.

Bulent Tezcan, CHP deputy leader, told CNN-Turk the YSK's decision to reject the petitions sparked a "serious legitimacy crisis".

Opposition parties complained of a series of irregularities, including an electoral board decision to accept ballots that did not bear official stamps, as required by Turkish law.

Erdoğan's historic constitutional referendum claimed victory Sunday by a margin of 51.4 to 48.6 percent.

"We believe that everyone should respect the will of the Turkish people", Peskov said.Putin's phone call comes a day after US President Donald Trump also congratulated Erdogan over the referendum result.

"From now on, covers without cartoons will also be counted as valid", said the caption, in reference to the controversy over the counting of unstamped ballots. This work has now finished.

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"Such a speculative statement from a spokesperson can not be accepted", Turkey's EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik told reporters at a televised press conference, calling on the EU to "respect democratic processes".

Following the board's ruling, the Republican People's Party said it would not give up on "no" voters who opposed the changes.

"Turkey's creeping authoritarianism continues", Royce said in a statement.

But he said the AKP would not hold a party congress until 2018, indicating Erdogan would not officially become its leader until then. This would allow Erdogan to rejoin the governing AKP he co-founded, or to lead it.

Turkey's three largest cities - Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir - all voted "no" although "yes" prevailed in the country's Anatolian heartland.

A defiant Erdogan has dismissed complaints from his domestic opponents and European observers, saying the vote put to an end all debate over the powerful presidency he has long sought.

Turkey declared a state of emergency on July 20 after the failed coup attempt killed 249 people and injured almost 2,200 others, which the Turkish government blames on followers under the direction of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who lives in the United States.

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