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Trump to Meet Turkey's Erdogan Ahead of NATO Summit in May

28 April 2017

According to unofficial results of the April 16 constitutional referendum, the "Yes" campaign won with 51.41 per cent, while the "No" votes stood at 48.59 per cent. The EU had "made us wait at its door for 54 years", Erdogan said.

Turkey's electoral authority rejected appeals to annul the referendum granting President Tayyip Erdogan wide new powers, but the main opposition CHP party said it will maintain its legal challenge to a vote it has said was deeply flawed. Everyone, and the main opposition party in particular, must show respect. He said that "the path to seek rights" should be limited to the courts.

But the tight result of a highly charged campaign laid bare divisions, while European observers and the head of Turkey's bar associations union said a decision to count unstamped votes broke electoral law.

"The people's will has been reflected at the ballot box, and the debate is over", Yıldırım told his parliamentary group.

"Calling people to the street is wrong and is outside the line of legitimacy", Yildirim said.

In a statement on Monday morning, the YSK said the ballot papers and envelopes brought by some citizens from outside were produced by the YSK and they are authentic.

Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who also listed numerous irregularities, said the board's move undermined important election safeguards.

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Erdogan, in an interview to CNN on Tuesday, said a constitutional reform package - backed by a narrow majority of Turkey's voters in a referendum earlier this week - was not about him.

"We are going to sit down and determine a roadmap as two strategic partners, the United States and Turkey, as allies, as important countries in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, we believe that we can resolve significant problems", he added.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlet Cavusoglu on Wednesday accused the OSCE of bias and deliberately putting errors into its report.

The new system outlined under the constitutional changes will take full effect at the next election, slated for November 2019.

The U.S. response has been different, with President Donald Trump calling Erdogan shortly after the referendum to congratulate him on his win.

On Tuesday, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) submitted a petition demanding the cancelation of Sunday's referendum to Turkey's Supreme Board of Election. The two leaders also discussed Turkey's support of the US response to a Syrian chemical weapons attack and efforts to counter the Islamic State group, according to the White House statement on their phone call Monday.

Trump to Meet Turkey's Erdogan Ahead of NATO Summit in May