Europe

Opposition to challenge votes on expanding Erdogan's powers

  • A supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a placard that reads "don't worry, the world can be our enemy " in Ankara, Turkey, late Sunday, April 16, 2017. President Erdogan won a historic referendum Sunday that will greatly expand the powers of his office, although opposition parties questioned the outcome and said they would challenge the results. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    A supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a placard that reads "don't worry, the world can be our enemy " in Ankara, Turkey, late Sunday, April 16, 2017. President Erdogan won a historic referendum Sunday that will greatly expand the powers of his office, although opposition parties questioned the outcome and said they would challenge the results. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of pro-'no' vote chant slogans as they protest against the referendum outcome, in Istanbul, early Monday, April 17, 2017. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in a central neighbourhood in Istanbul, clanking pots and pans and chanting 'this is just the beginning, the struggle will continue'. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

    Supporters of pro-'no' vote chant slogans as they protest against the referendum outcome, in Istanbul, early Monday, April 17, 2017. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in a central neighbourhood in Istanbul, clanking pots and pans and chanting 'this is just the beginning, the struggle will continue'. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Erdogan declared victory in Sunday's historic referendum that will grant sweeping powers to the presidency, hailing the result as a "historic decision." (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Erdogan declared victory in Sunday's historic referendum that will grant sweeping powers to the presidency, hailing the result as a "historic decision." (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's main opposition party is preparing to contest the results of a referendum that gave a narrow victory to President Tayyip Erdogan's wishes to greatly expand the powers of his office.

The "yes" vote got 51.41 percent in Sunday's referendum, while the "no" vote got 48.59 percent, according state-run Anadolu Agency's results. Turkey's electoral board confirmed the "yes" victory.

Oposition parties complained of a number of irregularities in the voting, including an electoral board decision to accept as valid ballots that did not bear the official stamp.

Legislator Utku Cakirozer told the AP that his Republican People's Party would on Monday file objections to results at local electoral board branches, before taking their case to the Supreme Electoral Board.

Cakiozer said: "At the moment this is a dubious vote."