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Erdogan SLAMS protesters as thousands march against his referendum victory

Yesterday, the Deputy leader of the secular Kemalist CHP opposition party called for the results of Sunday’s Presidential Powers Referendum in Turkey to be nullified due to the Supreme Electoral Board of Turkey’s decision to accept ballots which did not bear the official electoral seal.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe which observed the election has criticised the decision to accept ballots without the official seal, a decision made half way through the day’s vote. The OSCE has said that the last minute changes to the rules,

“…significantly changed the ballot validity criteria, undermining an important safeguard and contradicting the law”.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has been celebrating his vastly expanded powers, responded to the OSCE report saying,

“First, know your place. We won’t see or hear the politically motivated reports you prepare”.

This came as thousands of protesters marched throughout major Turkish cities, dissatisfied both with the result of the election and with the alleged irregularities in a vote which Erdogan’s ‘YES’ camp won by a thin margin of just over 51%.

The discord sown by the close vote which many have said was unfair, in addition to the disparity in the regional distribution of votes, may indeed lead to further social conflict in an increasingly divided Turkey.

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