Turkish state of emergency extended as Trump congratulates Erdogan

Turkish state of emergency extended even as Donald Trump congratulates President Erdogan over election result

The US president called Erdogan to congratulate him for winning the election

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Donald Trump has congratulated President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his success in the Turkish referendum - despite the fact that the country's state of emergency has been extended.

The Turkish people voted in favour of granting Mr Erdogan a host of new political powers, including the power to appoint ministers, declare states of emergency, and issue decrees. 

With a turnout of 80%, the state-run Anadolu agency reported the Yes campaign received roughly 51.3% of the vote, compared to No's 48.7%. 

The US President has been receiving criticism over his decision to call Erdogan in the wake of unrest surrounding the result. 

A number of organisations, including the US State Department, claim there were voting irregularities in the referendum, citing an electoral board decision to accept ballots which did not bear the official stamp - which law in Turkey states is a necessity. 

Only a day after Erdogan won the vote, the state of emergency in Turkey was extended by three months - the third time the emergency period has received an extension since last year's failed coup.