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    Erdogan’s Referendum Victory Challenged by Opposition

    It looks like one-man rule. While President Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrated a narrow victory in yesterday’s historic referendum, Turkey’s main opposition party wants a recount. With 51.4 percent of Turkish voters approving Erdogan’s new constitution, the president gains vast new powers and control of the constitutional court, with virtually unchecked legal and budgetary authority. Meanwhile, “no” campaigners complained of intimidation, and the opposition says there were electoral irregularities — like a decision to pass unstamped ballots as valid unless proven otherwise — that call into question the referendum’s legitimacy.

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