TKP declares AKP government as illegitimate

The CC of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) released a statement declaring Erdoğan and AKP government as illegitimate after the devious results of Sunday's referendum was revealed.

ICP, 16 April 2017

The referendum which would determine Turkey's future has been concluded. A "Yes" vote would mean approval of the eighteen constitutional changes replacing Turkey's parliamentary system of government with a presidential one, abolishing the office of the prime minister and could also see Erdogan remain in office until 2029.

With about 98% of ballots counted, "Yes" was on about 51.3% and "No" on about 48.7%. According to the revealed results all the largest metropolises, including İstanbul (51.35%), Ankara (51.13%) and İzmir (68.78%), the "No" votes scored ahead.

Although Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP have claimed their victory in the referendum, all the opponents have attacked a decision to accept unstamped ballot papers as valid.

Besides the central fraud attempts of AKP government, hundreds of frauds were reported to the special line of soL news portal "Oradayım" (I am here) all through the course of voting on Sunday.

The Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) released a statement declaring Erdoğan and AKP government as illegitimate after the devious results of Sunday's referendum was revealed.

The statement of TKP is as follows:


The referandum results, which are designated with tyranny, cheating and stealing, do not have any legitimacy. Those who attempt to celebrate this result mock the people. 

We call our people, who do not submit, to unite, to act organized and not to accept 'fait accomplis'. 

A political power does not receive its legitimacy only with the latest votes it gains. Election results are not enough to become a government which can do whatever it desires. 
AKP regime, carrying a public enemy and reactionary character since its first day, has long been out of social legitimacy. Further to that, the results of referendum held on April 16th is nothing but a confirmation of this illegitimate situation. 

Voting on April 16th has gone to floor and become obsolete in terms of approving and rejecting constitutional amendments. After this point, there is zero chance for the society to accept a “yes” result to be declared. Leaving which party to take which position aside, TKP  already declares that it rejects such a result.

This election has the marks of tyranny and cheating. The decision of Supreme Committee of Elections to accept unsealed voting papers and envelops as valid does not fit in any lawful or impartial concepts.
AKP stopped at nothing and applied pressures. The result is a significant decrease in their votes and their receiving half of the votes with the help of boundless manipulations and forgeries.  

The governing party’s ruling capability is destroyed, losing the most of larger cities and city centers of which it kept hold for years. 

Its attempt to “celebrate its victory” despite these facts means only one thing, apart from mocking our people: We count this kind of push fullness a call for a showdown. The working people and intellectuals of Turkey, all our citizens who are devoted to the values of republic accumulated energy to come to terms with reactionary powers.

It is pointless for AKP, who considers ruling this country in line with the interests of the enemies of the working people, capitalist forces, and monopolies, to try to survive by once again relying on those powers.  

TKP calls our people to be on alert, not to accept fait accomplis and with this aim, to organize.

Communist Party of Turkey
Central Committee​