TURKEY: Rallies Against Turkish Referendum Result Spill Into Second Night April 170:12
Turkey?s referendum outcome brought out protesters in Istanbul for a second night on Monday, April 17, calling for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan?s resignation. This footage shows hundreds marching in the Besiktas neighbourhood. Protesters were likely to have felt emboldened by the findings of international OSCE observers on Monday that said the referendum took place on an ?unlevel playing field? and lacked transparency. In an address, Erdogan rejected the monitors? findings, accusing them of preparing a politically motivated report. On Sunday, Turkish voters narrowly voted in favour of constitutional reforms that extend the powers of the president?s office. Credit: Twitter/Steve Sweeney via Storyful?
TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected international monitors’ criticisms of Turkey’s referendum, insisting the vote was the “most democratic election” seen in any Western country.
Addressing supporters outside his palace in Ankara, Mr Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey would ignore the findings of the OSCE monitors.
Mr Erdogan said: “First, know your place! We won’t see or hear the politically motivated reports you prepare.” The monitors said the procedures used in the vote on giving the president sweeping new powers “fell short” of international standards.
They also said a Turkish electoral board decision to allow as valid ballots that did not bear official stamps undermined important safeguards against fraud. Unofficial results have shown a narrow win for Erdogan, who had backed the “yes” side.
Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that despite a landmark referendum in Turkey that will grant sweeping new powers to the nation’s president, Turkey should not leave NATO.
He told German daily Bild on Monday that “we want to keep Turkey close and not push it into isolation when it comes to foreign affairs or even into the direction of Russia.”
Regarding the country’s bid for European Union membership, Mr Gabriel said, “It’s up to Turkey … Turkey should not distance itself further from Europe, also in its own interest.”
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