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Erdogan death penalty vow likely to be tough sell in divided Turkey

A man reads a newspaper with images of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a map showing the results of Sunday referendum in Diyarbakir Turkey Monday Erdogan death penalty vow likely to be tough sell in divided Turkey
Stacy Diaz | 21 April, 2017, 19:09

The constitutional reforms are set to grant more powers to Erdogan, effecting a changeover from parliamentary to the presidential form of government in Turkey.

President Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, congratulated Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for leading his people to the polls to decide on the future of leadership for the country. According to Turkish opposition groups, the voting process has irregularities while Cooperation in Europe and Organizations for Security claimed that the vote failed for global standards.

The spokesperson for the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, said the call comes after Turkey rejected worldwide observers' criticism of the referendum on Sunday, in which over 51 per cent of voters supported granting greater powers to President Recep Erdogan.

"Politically motivated comments against the YSK's decision to accept unstamped ballots are wrong", Celik said, referring to the electoral board by its Turkish acronym.

The main secularist opposition CHP party and the pro-Kurdish opposition HDP are seeking to annul the referendum, while the bar association and worldwide observers have said the vote was marred by irregularities.

"We are going to evaluate the objections before noon", Sadi Guven, the head of Turkey's highest electoral body, told reporters in Ankara.

On April 6, Enhedslisten posted a photo on its website showing Villumsen holding a photo of an imprisoned lawmaker of Turkey's opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu accused the electoral board of bias and of favoring the governing party.

Turkey's state-run news agency says the country's electoral board has rejected the oppositions' petitions to annul the referendum on expanding the powers of the presidency.

Antalya (Turkey), April 18 (IANS/AKI) Police arrested at least 49 people at rallies held across Turkey against the constitutional changes giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers that were narrowly approved in a referendum, daily Hurriyet reported on Tuesday.

The new presidential system takes effect at the next election, now slated for 2019.

"We will invite our founding chairman to our party and we will feel a huge elation to see him among us", he said.

Election monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were seen entering the High Electoral Board headquarters in Ankara.

The president and government should be setting out the steps they intend to take to restore full respect for human rights in Turkey, including ending arbitrary detention and prosecution, safeguarding freedom of the media and expression and judicial independence, and guaranteeing all citizens their right to political participation, HRW said.

"The campaign rhetoric was tarnished by some officials equating "No" sympathisers with terrorists", added ODIHR mission head Tana de Zulueta.

Trump also spoke to Erdogan in February, reports the Guardian.

His congratulations stands in stark contrast to the more cautious tone adopted by European leaders and a statement issued by the US State Department, which acknowledged the results but warned against further repression by the Turkish government of the political opposition.