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Turkish president Erdogan condemns OSCE report on referendum

21 April 2017

"The OSCE's report has no reliability as their observations lack objectivity and are extremely partial", Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara.

The European Union on Tuesday urged Turkey to launch "transparent investigations" into alleged voting irregularities in the referendum granting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan extra powers.

"Calling people to the street is wrong and is outside the line of legitimacy", Yildirim said, adding, "we expect the main opposition party's leader to act more responsibly".

Mr. Buhari congratulated Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for the "foresight and maturity of leading his people to the polls to decide on the future of leadership for the country that will further deepen peace and stability". The assessment drew a harsh rebuke from Erdogan and criticism from Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. "Because, the Yes votes also became controversial through this decision", he said.

The YSK said on its website on Sunday, as votes were still being cast, that it had received "considerable complaints" that voters had been given slips and envelopes without official stamps and that it would accept unstamped documents as long as they were not proven to be fraudulent. The board, however, published past rulings on the validity of unstamped ballots.

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On Monday, global election monitors delivered a scathing verdict on the conduct of the referendum.

On Monday, the OSCE claimed that a "lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms" had created an "unlevel playing field" in the constitutional referendum.

The party also threatened to take the decision to the Constitutional Court or to the European Court of Human Rights.

Turkey's parliament has approved a three-month extension of the state of emergency declared in the wake of last year's failed coup. The "no" campaign said it faced intimidation and threats of violence, while opposition figures and journalists were jailed. However according to Abdulkadir Selvi, an influential political analyst close to government, "close to 2,500 existing laws, regulations and parliament by-laws will be amended" for harmonization with the presidential system.

The changes - due to be introduced before presidential and parliamentary elections in November 2019 - will turn Turkey into a presidential republic similar to the U.S. and France.

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The voters also turned Turkey's parliamentary system into a presidential one.

Moreover, the position of prime minister will be abolished and the president will be allowed to serve as a political party member.

However, unlike President Buhari, the European Union has called on Turkish authorities to launch "transparent investigations" after worldwide observers criticised the voting process during the recent referendum.

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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Turkish president Erdogan condemns OSCE report on referendum