Elec­tion board re­jects chal­lenges to vote on pres­i­dent’s new pow­ers

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IS­TAN­BUL | Tur­key’s elec­toral board on Wed­nes­day re­jected pe­ti­tions by op­po­si­tion par­ties to an­nul the out­come of a re­cent ref­er­en­dum on ex­pand­ing pres­i­den­tial pow­ers be­cause of vot­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

The High Elec­toral Board an­nounced in a writ­ten state­ment its de­ci­sion to re­ject three re­quests by the op­po­si­tion fol­low­ing a 10-1 vote.

Mehmet Hadimi Yaku­poglu, the main op­po­si­tion Repub­li­can Peo­ple’s Party’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the board, said they would take the de­ci­sion to the con­sti­tu­tional court and then to the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights if nec­es­sary.

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