Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

President Trump calls Erdogan to congratulate him on referendum

Donald Trump called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to congratulate him on winning a referendum granting him sweeping new powers that exposed bitter divisions in the country.

It will delight Erdogan supporters, who will see it as legitimising the president's victory.

Supporters of the "no" vote protest in Istanbul, against the referendum outcome, Monday, April 17, 2017.

"If the package is implemented unchanged, this will have to lead to the formal suspension of the European Union accession talks", she added.

That drew a harsh rebuke from Erdogan and criticism from Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. "We'll continue on our path. Talk to the hand". He is a charismatic and populist leader who served his country in many ways and earned so much trust and confidence of his people that they came out instantly at his call to defend democracy when some sections of Turkish Army tried to stage a coup in July past year.

According to observers from the OSCE and human rights body the Council of Europe, the procedures used in the referendum campaign and during the vote in Turkey did not meet global standards.

"Our monitoring showed the "Yes" campaign dominated media coverage", the monitor added. "The legal framework was inadequate for the holding of a genuinely democratic process", Cezar Florin Preda, head of the delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, said in a statement.

But it has been particularly outraged by an electoral board decision, announced as the polls closed Sunday, to accept ballots that didn't bear the official stamps used to verify they are genuine, as required by Turkish law.

Turkey's foreign ministry also labelled the comments "prejudiced" and "unacceptable".

In light of the allegations, the US State Department urged the country to respect the rights of its voters. He specializes in contemporary Europe and the Middle East.

"Wait!" Erdogan told supporters.

Sunday's referendum focussed on a proposal to reinforce the powers of the Turkish president - a move that critics say may worsen the country's rights record and steer it towards dictatorship.

"We have put up a fight against the powerful nations of the world", he said as he arrived at the airport from Istanbul.

The King expressed hope that the constitutional amendments would contribute to achieving greater stability and development, stressing that Riyadh looks forward to further cooperation with Turkey in its new political stage.

The president survived a coup attempt past year and responded with a crackdown, jailing 47,000 people and sacking or suspending more than 120,000 from government jobs such as teachers, soldiers, police, judges or other professionals.

There was talk Erdogan would call an election so his powers could take effect.

His congratulations stands in stark contrast to the more cautious tone adopted by European leaders and a statement issued by the US State Department, which acknowledged the results but warned against further repression by the Turkish government of the political opposition. Erdogan provoked a stern German response by comparing those limits to the actions of the Nazis.

The set of reforms in the referendum legalize "the de facto executive presidency that Recep Tayyip Erdogan is already exercising", Wolfango Piccoli, co-president of Teneo Intelligence, explained in a pre-election briefing shared with Reason.

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