Turkey’s electoral board has rejected appeals from the country’s main opposition parties to annul the referendum granting President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. Opposition parties had called on the electoral board to annul Sunday’s vote, which was narrowly won by the “Yes” camp, because unstamped ballot papers were included. Some groups are now planning to appeal to Turkey’s constitutional court and, if it is unsuccessful there, then the European Court of Human Rights. Election monitors say they are aware of up to 2.5 million tampered referendum votes and also criticized the government for holding the vote during a state of emergency that was imposed after the failed coup in July against Mr. Erdogan. There have been public protests every night since the election results were announced. Though dozens of people were rounded up Wednesday morning for participating in the demonstrations, organizers say they plan to continue showing up. Tens of thousands of people have been detained for political reasons in Turkey in recent months, but these were the first political arrests reported since the referendum. Mr. Erdogan and his allies say their victory will help bring stability and prosperity to the country, while their critics argue that it will give the president too much power, insulate the post from judicial scrutiny and, as a result, contribute to greater instability. It’s expected that protests will continue, which will likely be accompanied by further arrests, escalating violence and more worrisome headlines. We should continue to pay close attention to the developments in Turkey. (Sources: Reuters, CNBC)