Turkey leaders livid over 'Economist' article, blame Israel

By REUTERS
June 6, 2011 18:40

 
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ISTANBUL - Turkish leaders have lined up to condemn the Economist magazine for an editorial that urged voters to back the opposition in Sunday's election, calling it part of an anti-democratic, pro-Israeli campaign to weaken Turkey.

Opinion polls indicate Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party will comfortably secure a third term.

Erdogan himself said the article showed Israeli influence.

"The international media, because they are backed by Israel, wouldn't be happy with the continuation of the AK Party government," Erdogan said, according to comments reported by the state-run Anatolian agency at the weekend.

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