Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Dutch voters narrowly rejected a new law giving security services greater powers to spy on emails and online data, the electoral council announced Thursday, unveiling final referendum results.More than six million Dutch citizens out of some 13 million eligible voters cast ballots in the national referendum last week on the controversial legislation, set to come into effect on May 1 .After a 51.5 percent turnout -- enough to validate the referendum's results -- 49.4 percent voted down the law, while 46.5 percent were in favor.The referendum, triggered by a group of Amsterdam students as a citizens initiative, was held on March 21 alongside municipal elections across 380 Dutch local councils.
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