Turkey's Erdogan says he's set to meet Trump in Washington


23 April, 2017

Challenging the results of Turkey's referendum that extended the president's powers is well beyond the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding that the issue is "over".

The European Union has also urged a probe into fraud claims after global observers voiced concerns, although Russian President Vladimir Putin called his Turkish counterpart to offer congratulations. When I met President Obama for first time I was very hopeful. "Let's embark on this journey".

The HDP party, whose two co-leaders were jailed past year, said it was determined to pursue legal appeals, but appeared to concede there was little prospect of success.

"By and hook and by crook, they used the people's resources to open the way to a "Yes" vote and close it to a "No" vote, running a referendum campaign with a thousand and one lies splashed in newspapers", said the website. "President Trump is a very successful businessman, he is tycoon in real estate, he was a brand".

Indicating that major meetings with European Union leaders were not now on the agenda, Erdogan said his schedule for trips after the referendum also included Russian Federation and India.

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Erdogan, in an interview with A News channel on April 20, said that he plans to pay a visit to China on May 15-16, and from Beijing he will leave for the United States.

Mehmet Hadimi Yakupoglu, the main opposition Republican People's Party's representative at the board, said they would take the decision to the constitutional court and then to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.

Erdogan says the changes, most of which would officially take effect after a presidential election set for 2019, remove the rivalry inherent in a system with both a president and a prime minister, and will help Turkey deal with its many challenges; opponents believe Turkey's democratic aspirations are in sharp decline and won't recover anytime soon.

Asked whether the European Court of Human Rights could issue a ruling on the case, an ECHR official said that anyone could submit an appeal to the court once they have exhausted their options for justice at home, but that it would be hard to say in advance whether the court has jurisdiction. The Supreme Election Board made its decisions.

"Whether citizens said "Yes" or "No", we will continue our legal fight until the end to protect the rights of the 49 million citizens who voted", Tezcan said.

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