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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kılıçdaroğlu has continued to slam the Supreme Election Board (YSK) over the recent disputed referendum results, saying its judges should be investigated.
The CHP and ordinary citizens apply to Turkey’s election committee to overturn the April 16 referendum amid reports of massive irregularities
Bülent Sarıoğlu – ANKARA
Renovations have started at Turkey’s parliament in Ankara in order to outfit the legislature for the presidential system after the “yes” campaign won a disputed referendum on April 16 to impose an executive presidential system on the country.
The referendum result is dubious and the office that cast doubt on the referendum is the Supreme Board of Elections (YSK), main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said, accusing the election watchdog of violating the constitution and manipulating the poll results.
At least 49 people have been detained after protesting against the April 16 referendum results in rallies across Turkey.
The Turkish parliament approved on April 18 a three-month extension of a state of emergency that was declared after a failed coup attempt last year
Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım sought on April 18 to deliver conciliatory messages to opposition groups and citizens who voted against the shift to an executive presidential system after a tense referendum process that resulted in a narrow win for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the government.
The government and the Supreme Board and Elections (YSK) have together “staged a coup against the national will,” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said
The opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has called on Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) to cancel the April 16 constitutional referendum due to the latter’s last-minute decision to accept unstamped ballots as valid.
Turan Yılmaz – ANKARA
With “Yes” votes winning a narrow majority in the April 16 constitutional referendum, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has started to analyze the source of the votes, and according to initial party evaluations three percentage points of “Yes” votes came from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), while 1.5 percentage points came from Kurdish party voters.
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has rejected claims that his party lost votes at the referendum, slamming commentators who argued that the MHP roots offered little support to the “yes” camp.