[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quinta-feira, 20 de abril de 2017

Turkey rejects referendum challenges as activists detained

Protesters shout slogans and hold placards reading "NO, it is not finished, just starting," during a rally against the referendum results. Istanbul, 19 April.
[Sedat Suna/EPA]
The narrow victory of the ‘Yes’ campaign in Sunday’s referendum (16 April) handed Erdoğan sweeping new powers – most of which will come into force after 2019 – but was bitterly disputed by his rivals.

EU urges probe into Turkey referendum fraud claims

Turkey’s opposition on Tuesday (18 April) demanded the annulment of a contentious referendum that approved sweeping constitutional changes boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers, claiming blatant vote-rigging had swung the result.

The controversy has stoked further political tensions over the rule of Erdoğan, who has dominated Turkey since becoming premier in 2003 and president in 2014.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) had asked that the poll be scrapped on Tuesday (18 April) over alleged violations.

Although the ‘Yes’ camp won with 51.41%, it was a narrower-than-expected victory with the opposition claiming the outcome would have been reversed in a fair poll.


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