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Erdogan in error over Christchurch

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It is unfortunate Turkish president Recep Tayyap Erdogan has chosen to exploit the Christchurch tragedy in a bid to bolster his electoral prospects.


Erdogan, one of the first Islamist Turkish leaders since the creation of the secular Turkish state by Mustafa Kamal Ataturk after World War I, is due to go to the polls at the end of this month.

Despite his ongoing campaign to stamp out criticism and dissent, his government's primacy is under threat as a result of a worsening economic outlook.

Erdogan's AK party, which has dominated Turkish politics for most of this century, is desperate to cling to power. This is why the out-spoken and notably anti-western president has chosen to politicise the events of last Friday.

In recent days he has called on New Zealand........

© Canberra Times