Opposition group to challenge result of Turkish referendum at European court


Turkey’s main opposition party is to challenge the outcome of the country’s April 16 referendum on expanding presidential powers at the European Court of Human Rights.

The pro-secular Republican People’s Party is contesting the referendum over a number of irregularities, including a controversial electoral board decision to count ballot papers that lacked official stamps.

The decision to take the issue to the Strasbourg-based court came a day after Turkey’s high administrative court rejected its bid to have the decision overturned. The vote to greatly increase the president’s powers was narrowly won by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “Yes” side.

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