Turkey Election Board Rejects Complaints Against Erdogan

Turkey's election board on Friday rejected accusations that President Tayyip Erdogan violated the constitution by publicly backing the ruling AK party ahead of June polls, though two members opposed the ruling in a rare sign of dissent. Erdogan declared at a gathering of supporters ahead of the election that no complaints, wherever they might be submitted, would silence him. Opposition parties including the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party filed accusations this month with the Supreme Election Board that Erdogan had failed in his obligation as president to stay above party politics. The YSK said in a statement the president's remarks could not be seen in such a context. It also noted the dissent of two of its 11 members.