President Erdogan on referendum: This issue is over!

ANKARA, TURKEY - APRIL 17: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gives a referendum victory speech to his supporters at the Presidential Palace on April 17, 2017 in Ankara Turkey. (Photo by Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

The decision of Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) on the constitutional referendum results is final and not subject to an appeal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday.

On Wednesday, the YSK rejected the Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) appeal against the result of the vote on 16 April but the CHP deputy chair responsible for foreign relations Ozturk Yilmaz told Sputnik that Turkey’s opposition would continue seeking the annulment of the referendum results.

Opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker and spokesperson, Osman Baydemir, had told BBC Turkish that the recent referendum on constitutional change was won by cheating.

“The decision of the YSK is final, this issue is over. No one has the right to disrespect the will of the people,” Erdogan said as quoted by the Cumhuriyet daily.

The referendum on constitutional amendments that would expand Erdogan’s powers was held in Turkey on Sunday, with 51.4 percent of voters supporting the proposed amendments. The newly bestowed presidential powers will allow the Turkish president to take up position as the head of the political party he represents and to stay in office for two more terms.

On Wednesday, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said that the opposition was attempting to justify its defeat at Sunday’s referendum by claiming voting violations took place during the vote and appealing to cancel the referendum’s results. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stated that as the result of the referendum was clear, the opposition should demonstrate responsibility and stop calling on the people to take to the streets to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the plebiscite’s outcome.