Turkish FM: Trump and Erdogan to meet in May

Turkey's top court has 'no right' to probe referendum

Opposition parties in Turkey have called foul on the referendum, demanding an annulment.

Government figures say some 75 percent of Turkish Belgians backed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's acquiring more powers. The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has said it will challenge the results in court if need be, though political analysts see a change in the outcome as unlikely.

Hurriyet said around 14 protesters were detained by the police in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, where a majority of people voted against the constitutional changes in Sunday's referendum.

CHP deputy chairman Bulent Tezcan told reporters in comments broadcast live on television: "This is a serious legitimacy crisis". "We won't stop until we find justice", he said.

The French government said it would "follow with great care" the worldwide monitors' final report in coming weeks, particularly in relation to a reported last-minute change of rules by the electoral boards to allow ballots that had not been officially stamped.

The board's decision to accept ballots without official stamps was like "changing the rules midgame", he said.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday felicitated with the people and government of Turkey on the successful conclusion of the country's referendum on Monday.

The European Commission said it has "taken note and examined attentively" the OSCE's report.

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She confirmed that the authority made a decision to accept ballots without official stamps late in the day, adding that it "significantly changed the ballot validity criteria, undermining an important safeguard and contradicting the law".

With yesterday's vote now paving the way to the restoration of power to an executive presidency, a system that existed in the early days of the republic, if anything, Erdogan appears to have come closest to restoring Ataturk's legacy - at least from a governance perspective, if not ideological.

The Turkish government has been widely condemned by Western nations for its repression of opposition figures following a failed military coup a year ago. Support for "Yes" dominated campaign coverage, and the arrests of journalists and closure of media outlets silenced other views, the monitors said. "Where dictatorships exist, you don't have to have a presidential system", he said.

The immediate danger now lies in the fact that nearly half of the country is nearly entirely against Erdogan and the new constitution, which could spell political turmoil and greater instability all the way up until the issue is laid to rest, one way or another, in Turkey's first presidential election under the new constitution in 2019.

Under the revised constitution, Erdogan will be able to abolish the post of Prime Minister and assume broad new powers to rule by decree. These include the power to prepare the budget, appoint members of the high judiciary, appoint and sack cabinet members and bureaucrats without parliamentary approval and declare a state of emergency.

The European Commission, which unlike U.S. President Donald Trump has declined to congratulate Erdogan on Sunday's vote, called on Turkey to launch a transparent investigation into the alleged irregularities.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Erdogan and Trump would meet in person next month, before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. "After our president and Trump confirmed a meeting in May, [US Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson and I will set a date", Cavusoglu said. The call was mainly focused on Syria, the official told CNN.

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