- Referendum result exposes deep fault lines in Turkey
- Erdogan vows to seek restoration of death penalty
Ankara (CNN)International election monitors have delivered a scathing verdict on the conduct of Turkey's controversial referendum to grant expansive new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Criticism from monitors
- The state of emergency imposed after a failed coup last July had a profound effect on the political process. "Fundamental freedoms essential to a genuinely democratic process were curtailed," the monitors' report said. "The dismissal or detention of thousands of citizens negatively affected the political environment."
- State media was biased in favor of Erdogan and did not adequately cover opposition. "The legal framework for the referendum neither sufficiently provides for impartial coverage nor guarantees eligible political parties equal access to public media," she said.
- Monitors saw "no" supporters subjected to police intervention at events and senior officials in the "yes" camp equated them with terrorists.
- The involvement of Erdogan and other national and local public figures in the "yes" campaign led to a "restrictive" and "imbalanced" campaign framework, she said.
- The decision on the day of the vote to allow unstamped ballots "significantly changed the ballot validity criteria, undermining an important safeguard and contradicting the law."
Erdogan praises capital punishment
- Abolishing the post of Prime Minister and replacing it with a powerful executive President with powers to rule by decree.
- Giving the President the power to appoint a cabinet and some senior judges.
- Curbing the power of Parliament to scrutinize legislation.
- Resetting term limits for President, meaning Erdogan could serve until 2029 if he wins elections in 2019 and 2024.