Turkish election board to evaluate referendum result concerns

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Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday that claims of irregularities in the referendum were a vain effort to cast doubt on the result, after the main opposition party vowed to apply for the vote to be annulled.

In an address to legislators from his ruling party on Tuesday, Yildirim said the people had voted to switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system, adding: the "opposition should not speak after the people have spoken".

The German government "respects the right of Turks to decide on their constitution", she said, stressing that "the tight result shows how deeply divided Turkish society is". It was passed by the Parliament in January with 339 votes in favour.

United States President Donald Trump called Mr Erdogan on Monday to congratulate him on his victory.

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HDP deputy chairman Mithat Sancar said the vote was also undermined by the fact that the campaign was held under emergency rule while the party's co-leaders were under arrest, that its candidates for polling station monitors had been rejected, and the "Yes" campaign had benefited from state resources.

In another apparent contrast to Trump's congratulations of Erdogan, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that the official administration position would reflect the outcome of an ongoing assessment by an global commission into the validity of the referendum, not expected until next week.

Erdogan and his supporters say the new presidential system of government will give the country more stability, especially in the wake of last year's failed coup and amid terrorism threats. He said "No" would have emerged victorious were it not for the YSK's changes.

Turkey's minister for European Union affairs lashed out at the EU's "unacceptable" appeal for a probe into alleged irregularities in the referendum on boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

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Worldwide observers agreed the campaign was conducted on an "unlevel playing field" and that the vote count itself was marred by procedural changes that removed key safeguards.

However, Erdogan's announcement that national elections in Turkey will go ahead as planned in 2019 has sparked concern that there may be a new round of incendiary rhetoric.

But he said the AKP would not hold a party congress until 2018, indicating Erdogan would not officially become its leader until then, despite widespread expectations that it would happen nearly immediately.

"The way President Trump is approaching matters is encouraging, makes us happy", Erdogan told CNN International in an exclusive interview.

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But Erdogan rebuked the OSCE mission, telling the monitors: "know your place", and saying Turkey had no intention of paying any attention to the report.

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