EU Commission says Turkey must investigate referendum doubts

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EU Commission says Turkey must investigate referendum doubts


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The European Commission called on Turkey on Tuesday to investigate “alleged irregularities” in Sunday’s referendum boosting the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan.

“We call on the Turkish authorities to consider the next steps very carefully and to seek the broadest possible national consensus in the follow-up to the referendum,” Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a regular briefing.

“In view of the observers’ report, the close referendum result and the far-reaching implications of the constitutional amendments, we call on the Turkish authorities to consider the next steps very carefully and seek the broadest possible national consensus in the follow-up to the referendum,” the spokesman said. “We call on all actors to show restraint and on the authorities to launch transparent investigations into these alleged irregularities found by the observers.”

Schinas confirmed that neither Juncker nor the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, had spoken to Erdoğan since his victory.

“We also call on the authorities to launch a transparent investigation into these alleged irregularities,” he said, citing international observer reports and a last-minute decision to allow unstamped ballots in the referendum.

Before the referendum, Erdoğan said Turkey will review its relationship with the European Union. Erdoğan said Turkey, a candidate country to join the European Union, had been unduly left waiting outside the bloc.
“Turkey is not their scapegoat. Everyone will know their place,” he said.
In contrast with the EU attitude, Donald Trump congratulated the Turkish president personally on the phone on Monday.
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