Turkey: Main Opposition party files for referendum annulment

The placards reads in Turkish: "No we will win". Turkey's main opposition party u.

In Istanbul, thousands of "no" supporters continued their demonstrations Tuesday, carrying banners that said "Don't give in" and chanting "Thief, Murderer, Erdogan!"

But Turkey's main secularist opposition CHP said it will present its appeal for the annulment of Sunday's referendum boosting the powers of Erdogan to the High Electoral Board (YSK) on Tuesday, the party said in a statement.

The reforms, most of which are due to take place in 2019, will transform Turkey from a parliamentary to a presidential republic.

Turkey blames Gulen and his supporters for orchestrating the July 15 coup attempt, a charge he denies.

As well as wars raging at its borders in both Syria and Iraq, Turkey faces the threat of attack from Islamic State and Kurdish militants from within. He says it has not negatively affected the public. He said the results of the referendum on constitutional changes are "illegitimate" and the party would use all legal paths to challenge it.

He said that he will work quickly with Parliament to re-introduce the death penalty, and if that fails, another referendum may be called. "The people's will has been reflected at the ballot box, and the debate is over", Yildirim said on April 18, Reuters reported.

The Istanbul Bar Association on Wednesday filed a criminal complaint against electoral board head Sadi Guven for "wrongful conduct" and "altering the result of the election".

The an independent worldwide election monitoring group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) called Erdogan's public campaigning leading up to the referendum "a misuse of administrative authorities".

Besiktas district in central Istanbul, where over 80 percent of residents voted no, has been one of the top destinations for naysayers since the result was unveiled Sunday night.

Germany is Turkey's most important trading partner, with a total volume of 37 billion euros ($39 billion), and one of its largest sources of foreign investment.

Erdogan was voted to power in August 2014, the first time a Turkish President had been directly chosen by the popular vote.

Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu accused the electoral board of bias and of favoring the governing party.

"They have a right to have elections and their people participated in that", Spicer said. The board, however, published past rulings on the validity of unstamped ballots.

CHP vice chairman Erdal Aksunger said the party expects the board "to eliminate fraud and cancel the referendum". Recep Tayyip Erdogan's push for an executive presidency succeeded with 51.4% of the vote.

He said that the death penalty is more than a red line.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, Erdogan repeated his intention to review Turkey's suspension of the death penalty, a step which would nearly certainly spell the end of Ankara's European Union accession process. We are awaiting the assessment of the OSCE/ODIHR International Observation Mission, also with regard to alleged irregularities.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus on Monday said the National Security Council had recommended extending the state of emergency, set to expire on April 19, "to provide the continuance of measures aimed at securing the rights and freedoms of citizens".

New constitutional amendments give Erdogan the power to appoint the cabinet and a number of vice-presidents.

The opposition has been particularly incensed by a last- minute move from the YSK to accept ballot documents in envelopes without an official stamp.