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Turkey PM criticises court ruling lifting Twitter ban

Published on Apr 4, 2014 4:07 PM

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday criticised a Constitutional Court ruling that lifted his government's March 20 ban on Twitter.

"We are of course bound by the Constitutional Court verdict, but I don't have to respect it," said the premier, a day after the US-based social media site went live again in Turkey.

"I don't respect this ruling."

Mr Erdogan's government has been rattled by the twin crises of street protests since last June and, since December, a torrent of online leaks on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube which appeared to implicate the premier's inner circle in corruption.

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