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Opposition to challenge votes on expanding Erdogan's powers

Opposition to challenge votes on expanding Erdogan's powers”

During an event at the presidential palace, Erdogan urged the OSCE to know its place.

Representatives from a coalition of worldwide bodies said the vote took place on an "unlevel playing field", with the "yes" campaign dominating media coverage.

In a newspaper interview, German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said that if Ankara were to bring back the death penalty as Erdogan had suggested, the move would be "synonymous with the end of the European dream".

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the people and government of Turkey on the successful conclusion of the country's referendum on Monday.

People who supported a "No" vote protested Sunday in Istanbul following results in a nationwide referendum that will determine Turkey's political future. We stood up for our vote that day.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) said they would challenge the results from most ballot boxes due to alleged violations. This would allow Erdogan to rejoin the governing AK Party he co-founded, or to lead it.

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The opposition has listed a series of irregularities, but has been particularly outraged by an electoral board decision announced late Sunday to accept ballots that didn't bear the official stamps used to verify they are genuine, as required by Turkish law.

The criticism by the European observers went far beyond the voting irregularities, though, and was more broadly critical of the government's conduct in the run-up to the referendum.

Erdogan said that a huge number of Turkish voters took part in the referendum.

"Saying the referendum fell below worldwide standards is unacceptable", the ministry said in a statement, adding that previous "politically charged" comments from OSCE monitors showed the team arrived in Turkey with prejudice and disregarded principles of objectivity and impartiality.

"These violations contravene OSCE commitments, Council of Europe standards and other global obligations regarding freedom and equality in the campaign", it said, referring to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, an intergovernmental body that regularly reviews human rights practices in Europe and beyond.



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