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The Turkish opposition’s dilemma on the referendum result

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The Turkish referendum on the presidency is over but both the legal and the political debates are continuing, despite the Supreme Election Board’s (YSK) rejection of the appeals by the opposition parties over the claims of fraud in the vote count.

The naysayers have protested the YSK ruling, claiming it was taken under government pressure – similar to its announcement on the night of the referendum on April 16 that the unsealed ballots would be accepted as valid. The social democratic Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which focuses on the Kurdish issue, formally appealed to the YSK for the annulment of the referendum on that reason.

The only legal way left for the naysayers is to appeal to the Constitutional Court on an individual basis, not as a party. If that will be the case, if there will be appeal requests by individual citizens, will the top court annul the referendum, even if the fraud charges........

© Hürriyet Daily News