Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Turkish opposition urges board to cancel referendum result

Turkish opposition urges board to cancel referendum result

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the changes are necessary to bring stability to Turkish politics and prevent a return to fragile coalitions.

"We are carrying out the most important reform in our history", he said. "The tight referendum result shows how deeply divided Turkish society is and that means a big responsibility for the Turkish leadership and for President Erdogan personally", she said.

Worldwide observers from the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are due to give their preliminary findings on the referendum later Monday.

Over 25 million Turkish voters cast their ballots in favor of the amendments to the country's Constitution, Erdogan noted. However, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek told Reuters there was no such plan, and the elections would still be held in 2019.

Germany got into a diplomatic spat with Turkey just before the referendum, when it refused to let President Erdogan lead political rallies on German soil.

"What is disconcerting for him [Erdogan] is not just the opposition, which is crying foul, but the fact that nearly 50 percent of the people voted against this massive change and may not be willing to accept the result easily", Aliriza said.

Responding to chants from the crowd to reinstate the death penalty, Mr Erdogan said he would take up the issue with the country's political leaders, adding that the question could be put to another referendum.

The report also appeared to endorse the opposition's complaint that the country's electoral commission, which it accused of lacking transparency, changed its own rules on referendum day to order vote counters to consider valid ballots that lacked official stamps.

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Taxpayers due a refund must file a return within three years of its due date or the money becomes the property of the U.S. Generally people who miss the deadline either ran out of time or didn't have the money, Kurlowicz said.

On the contrary, backers of the constitutional amendments considered that moving to the presidential regime will consolidate Turkey's position globally, increase investments, strengthen economy and attract more foreign capitals to the country.

At least 1,000 protesters thronged Besiktas on the European side of the city while on the Asian side around 2,000 demonstrators marched through Kadikoy, another staunchly secular and anti-Erdogan neighbourhood, AFP correspondents said.

But the opposition were not content to rest on their better-than-expected performance despite a lopsided campaign in which the "Yes" camp enjoyed vastly greater resources and dominated the airwaves.

They have also demanded a recount claiming that there had been voting irregularities. The system is created to ensure only one vote is cast per registered voter and to avoid the possibility of ballot box stuffing. Supporters of the "no" vote complained of intimidation, including beatings, detentions and threats.

For the families of the tens of thousands locked up over the last nine months since the coup attempt - and Turkey's liberals and non-conservatives - there is a awful sense of despair at the direction their country is taking.

Turkey has also suffered renewed violence between Kurdish militants and security forces in the country's volatile southeast, as well as a string of bombings, some attributed to the Islamic State group, which is active across the border in Syria.

Germany's foreign minister says the European Union should draft a new strategy and look for new formats of negotiations with Turkey.

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