Turkish opposition go to court to result of referendum
The largest Turkish opposition party, the CHP, has on Tuesday at the European Court of Human Rights (ECTHR) raised objections to the referendum in april on the introduction of a presidential system. “The referendum has to a high degree, its legitimacy is lost,” said party chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
The Turks agreed on 16 april with a narrow majority for a far-reaching extension of the power of president Erdogan.
The result is controversial. The CHP and the pro-Kurdish HDP have the islamic-conservative government accused of stembusfraude. The election commission has requests from the opposition for the results to declare it invalid, however, denied.
CHP spokesman Bülent Tezcan said that the decisions of the verkiezingsautoriteit not challenged. “We are right not for the right to claim,” he said.
In the complaint to the ECTHR the party that is obstructing the administration of justice in Turkey is in contradiction with the European human rights convention. Furthermore, says the CHP, that the right to association and freedom of expression are curtailed.