Turkey opposition appeals Erdogan’s referendum win in EU court

Turkey’s main opposition party has launched a legal bid in an EU court over the referendum that expanded President Erdogan’s powers. CHP head Kemal Kilicdaroglu is also staging a “justice march” from Ankara to Istanbul, Deutsche Welle reports

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey’s pro-secular Republican People’s Party (CHP), signed the appeal to the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday before setting off on the next leg of his long walk to Istanbul.

The petition questions the decision by Turkey’s YSK electoral board to accept unstamped ballots in an April 16 referendum that gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers. The CHP has already tried, unsuccessfully, to appeal to Turkey’s high court.

“The YSK decision made the referendum illegitimate. We are applying to the European Court of Human Rights,” Kilicdaroglu told reporters in the city of Izmit, around 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of central Istanbul.

“Turkey has rapidly turned into a (one-)party state. Pretty much all state institutions have become branches of a political party,” he said.

“This is causing profound harm to our democratic, parliamentary system.”

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