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Top Turkey court rejects opposition challenge to vote

A top Turkish court rejects an opposition legal challenge to last-minute voting rule changes in the referendum over handing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers.

The opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) has repeatedly criticized the decision by the country’s top election authority to accept ballot documents in envelopes without an official stamp.

The party formally lodged on Friday a petition with the Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative court, after the ‘Yes’ side won 51.4 percent of the vote on April 16.

The opposition argues the decision by the Supreme Election Board (YSK) on the envelopes opened the way for fraud, and launched a failed bid to annul the referendum last week.

— AFP

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