Hundreds of supporters of the ‘No’ campaign and Turkey’s main opposition party protested in Istanbul on Sunday against the narrow victory in last week’s vote on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.
Kurdish party rejects outcome of Turkish referendum
Last week, the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) also announced that the outcome of Turkey’s presidential referendum is not final, accusing the ruling government party of fraud after Turkish President Erdogan won the referendum.
“Whether the official announcement is Yes or No, we will object to 2/3 of ballots. Our data indicates a manipulation in the range of 3-4%,” HDP spokesman Osman Baydemir said.
“This is a manipulation on public perception, and casts a shadow on the validity of the results. What percentage of unstamped ballots was Yes, and what was No? The answer to this question alone will expose the extent of the controversy,” Baydemir said.
“We announce to the public that, until our objections receive a full response, the outcome of the referendum is not final,” he concluded.
The referendum’s results will keep Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in power until 2029.
Turkish opposition parties strongly condemned the results, vowing to challenge the results.
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