Published: Tue, April 25, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Turkey's Erdogan says he's set to meet Trump in Washington

The board ruled against applications to annul the referendum Wednesday.

But there was anger and shock after the Supreme Election Board (YSK) made a last-minute decision to accept ballot documents in envelopes without an official stamp, which the opposition argues opened the way for fraud.

Global monitors, including a team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, have also noted irregularities in the voting that resulted in a narrow win for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "yes" camp.

A White House statement issued after they talked Monday said "President Trump thanked President Erdogan for supporting this action by the United States" - a reference to a US missile strike April 7 on a Syrian airfield.

The CHP also demanded that the announcement of the official results be postponed until the case is resolved.

Bozdag's comments follow an application by the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) to the Council of State on Friday, seeking to overturn the electoral board's decision that unstamped ballot papers were valid. "Those who prepared this report are partial", he said.

"This is nothing but an attempt to make an election with 86 percent participation into a controversial matter", he told the Turkish A Haber broadcaster, as cited by Reuters.

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He said: "I urged him to use Beijing's unique influence to restrain North Korea and allow peaceful resolution to this crisis". The conducting a 90-day review of the Iran nuclear deal despite acknowledging that Tehran is complying with the deal.

He also urged the opposition to respect the vote's outcomes.

Yildirim added: "The people have made their decision".

Following this decision, the CHP said it would not recognize the result of the plebiscite and would "explore every opportunity" to overrun it, mentioning in particular that it could file a complaint to the Turkish Constitutional Court and the ECHR. "It is not a democratic way".

Erdogan stressed that Turkish Supreme Election Board's (YSK) decision to reject referendum annulment requests filed by a number of opposition parties and some ordinary citizens is the final one and can not be challenged by any other institution. The electoral board, however, published past rulings on the validity of unstamped ballots.

In this Tuesday, April 4, 2017 photo, a child from inside his schoolyard, peers out from behind a fence where t-shirts with the Turkish flag, and the picture of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, are offered for sale in the Black Sea city of Rize, Turkey.

Preliminary referendum results gave a narrow 51.4% approval for the biggest overhaul of Turkey's political system.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will meet in Washington next month with U.S. President Donald Trump, who called Erdogan on Monday to congratulate him on narrowly winning a disputed referendum that will significantly expand the powers of his presidency. The legacy of the man whose surname means "father of Turks" was one of a modern, secular, western-leaning Turkey.

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