The Wall Street Journal: Turkish opposition leader seeks to annul election, says he’s lost trust in system

ANKARA, Turkey — The chairman of Turkey’s main opposition party said he had lost faith in the country’s justice system, as his party appealed to the central election authority on Tuesday to annul the government’s narrow win in last weekend’s constitutional referendum.

Controversy has mounted since Sunday’s vote over a decision by Turkey’s electoral body to validate irregular ballots cast throughout the country that lacked an official seal. Opposition parties believe as many as 2.5 million ballots were suspect. The unofficial tallies in the vote on whether to centralize power in the office of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed the pro-Erdogan “yes” campaign winning by a 51%-to-49% margin, with 1.4 million votes separating the two sides.

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