April 19, 2017 / 9:11 AM / 4 months ago

Turkish minister say observer reports on vote 'extremely partial'

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, April 17, 2017.Umit Bektas

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlet Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that a critical report by European observers on the referendum to expand President Tayyip Erdogan' powers contained several mistakes which he believed were deliberate.

Observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe said Sunday's referendum had been an uneven contest.

"The OSCE's report has no reliability as their observations lack objectivity and are extremely partial," Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara.

Reporting Tulay Karadeniz and Ece Toksabay; Editing by Dominic Evans

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