Turkey's prime minister on Tuesday called on the opposition to respect the result of a referendum that will give sweeping new powers to the office of the president. "That is why it is very significant", he said.
This is especially so in Turkey, with a political culture that often favours strong party leaders who have a near-total draconian level of control over their parties.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the OSCE report on monitoring of the referendum, Anadolu agency reported on Tuesday. The results have yet to be validated.
The changes - due to be introduced before presidential and parliamentary elections in November 2019 - will turn Turkey into a presidential republic similar to the U.S. and France.
Erdogan argues that concentration of power in the presidency is needed to prevent instability.
Global observers on Monday echoed some of the opposition concerns, enraging Erdogan.
Also, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe said earlier that the Turkish referendum took place on "an unlevel playing field".
YSK Chairman Sadi Guven said on Monday the last-minute decision to allow unstamped ballots was not unprecedented as the government had previously permitted such a move. "The legal framework was inadequate for the holding of a genuinely democratic process", said Cezar Florin Preda, head of the delegation. How else to describe a nation that has become the world's largest jailer of journalists, where 4,000 judges and prosecutors have been removed, many of them imprisoned, where rule of law is more slogan than reality. Many other industrial cities, as well as Antalya, the country's main tourism center, also voted down the referendum. She offered no evidence. We will not consider, look, or recognise your political report.
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Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaking to the media in Ankara.
However, asked about Mr Erdogan's suggestion in his victory speech that he could hold a referendum on reintroducing the death penalty, the commission spokesman described it as "the reddest of red lines" with regard to Turkey's decade-long attempt to join the bloc.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that if Ankara were to bring back the death penalty, the move would be "synonymous with the end of (its) European dream". This would end Turkey's European Union negotiations.
"Under the conditions of the emergency and despite the pressures, our country came out and took control of the future", said CHP leader Kilicdaroglu. The White House issued a readout on Monday confirming the call.
European Union foreign ministers will meet on April 28 in Malta to discuss the next steps.
"Moving from rhetoric to action would be a clear signal that Turkey does not want to be a member of the European family", he insisted.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he would meet his USA counterpart Donald Trump in Washington on May 16-17, in their first meeting since Mr. Trump took office in January.
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