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Turkey minister rejects European Union call for probe into vote

"The people's will has been reflected at the ballot box, and the debate is over".

Following Sunday's referendum, Germany's opposition The Left Party has demanded the suspension of Ankara's European Union talks arguing that the transition to a presidential system would move Turkey away from democracy.

CHP party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu also accused the electoral board of bias and favoring Erdogan's party.

The German government "respects the right of Turks to decide on their constitution", she said, stressing that "the tight result shows how deeply divided Turkish society is".

On Sunday evening, Erdogan suggested he would back moves to bring back capital punishment which had been abolished in 2004 as part of Turkey's bid to join the EU.

The new system takes full effect at the next election, now slated for November 2019.

"Poland acknowledges the results of Turkey's referendum on 16 April 2017 and awaits their official confirmation", the ministry said in a statement. This would allow Erdogan to rejoin the governing AKP he co-founded, or to lead it.

A rapid implementation of constitutional reforms by Erdogan, taking full control of his political party and nominating senior judges, would likely strengthen the hand of countries willing to formally suspend accession talks, the official said.

The head of the electoral commission, Sadi Guven, has also so far defended the decision but said he would evaluate requests to annul the vote.

Meanwhile, OSCE monitors were seen entering the Supreme Electoral Board headquarters.

Asked to comment on Erdogan's rebuke, de Zulueta said: "I don't have an opinion". We are invited by the Turkish authorities to observe. "We neither see, hear, nor acknowledge the political reports you'll prepare".

There were protests in Istanbul with a few thousand people crowding the anti-Erdogan Besiktas and Kadikoy districts, blowing whistles and chanting "We are shoulder to shoulder against fascism".

Protesters were fewer in number in Ankara, where they were outnumbered by police officers.

"The crusader mentality in the West and its servants at home have attacked us", he said.

European officials have firmly declined to congratulate Erdogan's win, unlike the USA president.

Trump and the State Department, headed by his nominee Rex Tillerson, haven't always been on the same page with Vice President Mike Pence and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, taking active roles, especially in foreign visits overseas in what the White House has said is to see things for themselves.

Turkey's biggest cities - Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir - voted "No" on Sunday, along with industrial heartlands, tourist hotspots and ports in 33 provinces, outward-looking regions that have thrived on strong relations with Europe and are increasingly fearful of the future.

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