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Turkey's opposition party to challenge referendum on expanding presidential powers at European Court

Turkey's opposition party to challenge referendum on expanding presidential powers at European Court

The question now is whether Europe can and will step in to keep Turkey’s leader from expanding his powers.

Turkey’s main opposition party announced Wednesday it will challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s April 16 referendum victory to replace the country’s parliamentary democracy with an all-powerful “presidential system.”

The opposition will ask the European Court of Human Rights to render judgment, a day after Turkey’s top administrative court ruled it lacked jurisdiction over the electoral body whose oversight of the voting has sparked daily nationwide protests.

“We faced illegal referendum results after seeing an unverified election,” Selin Sayek Boke, a...

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