Is resistance futile? This Turkish minister says so

Published April 20th, 2017 - 02:00 GMT
Supporters of the "no" vote protest what they say was vote-rigging in Turkey's constitutional referendum, April 18 2017. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
Supporters of the "no" vote protest what they say was vote-rigging in Turkey's constitutional referendum, April 18 2017. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Turkey's justice minister said Thursday that efforts by the opposition to contest the results of a controversial vote to expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were futile.

"Our constitution clearly states that decisions of the election commission are final and that there are no places to contest these decisions," Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

"Even if such a complaint was filed, the constitutional court would have no choice but to reject it," the minister said.

Bozdag welcomed a decision by the election commission to reject petitions by opposition parties to annul the outcome of the referendum, which saw 51.4 per cent of Turks vote to transform their country from a parliamentary system into a presidential one.

The decision on Wednesday caused protests in the streets of Istanbul, and prompted opposition parties to announce their intention to take the claim to the country's top court.


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