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Apr 19, 2017 | 15:34 GMT

Turkey: High Electoral Board Refuses To Annul Referendum

Turkey's High Electoral Board rejected on April 19 petitions from the political opposition to annul the April 16 referendum because of voting irregularities, the Anadolu Agency and AP reported. The board voted 10-1 against annulling the referendum. The ruling Justice and Development Party and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won just over 51 percent in the vote, which will strengthen the presidency and truncate some parliamentary powers. Opposition figures, including the main opposition Republican People's Party, and international observers have questioned the referendum's legitimacy, citing irregularities and arguing that the vote was held on an unfair playing field. The government has pushed back against those claims, arresting dozens of opposition members who have demonstrated against the referendum results in early morning raids on April 19.

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