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Bid to annul Turkish referendum rejected

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 01:17

Protesters take to the streets in Turkey for a third night after a bid to overturn Sunday's referendum is rejected. Pascale Davies reports.

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People took to the streets of Istanbul for a third night on Wednesday (April 19) carrying signs reading 'No' and 'We will resist' Marching against the electoral board's overwhelming rejection of an appeal against Sunday's (April 16) referendum, which grants President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. Under the constitutional reform package, Erdogan can also now rule until 2029 - and the role of the prime minister will be eliminated. It was a slim win for the Turkish leader, who received just over 51 percent of the vote. His opponents have taken heart from the narrow victory, and alleged foul play. The main opposition Republican People's Party CHP, along with individuals and civil society groups, challenged the result over concerns of electoral fraud. They've called for the vote to be annulled. But ruling 10 to 1- the electoral body rejected those objections. Now the CHP party is continuing to put up a fight, with a representative declaring the party is determined to employ all legal ways to appeal the referendum result.

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Bid to annul Turkish referendum rejected

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 01:17