Turkey's Justice Ministry: European rights court has no jurisdiction over referendum

Turkey's Justice Ministry: European rights court has no jurisdiction over referendum

Any opposition challenge to a referendum that expanded President Tayyip Recep Erdogan's powers would be rejected by the constitutional court, and Europe's human rights court had no jurisdiction on the matter, Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

"If the opposition takes the appeal to the Constitutional Court, the court has no other option than to reject it," Bozdag told television news channel A Haber.

"It can also apply to the ECHR, but it cannot achieve a result there either, because the agreements Turkey signed do not give parties the right to apply," Reuters cited him as saying.

The main opposition CHP party said on Wednesday it was considering taking its appeal for the referendum to be annulled to Turkey's Constitutional Court or the European Court of Human Rights after the country's electoral authority rejected challenges by the CHP and two other parties.

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