Berlin turnout falls short in vote to save Tempelhof

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Berlin residents wanting to save the city's historic Tempelhof airport from being closed later this year have failed, initial official results showed.

Not enough people cast ballots in a referendum, the city's first, to make it valid.

Preliminary results released by the Berlin state election authority showed that the majority of the 530,231 ballots cast were in favor of keeping the airport open. But they accounted for only 21.7 percent of the 2.4 million eligible voters. One-quarter was needed for the referendum to count.

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