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Turkish minister turns ire on 'pole-dancing women'

Published on Jul 31, 2014 12:07 AM

ISTANBUL (AFP) - A senior Turkish minister who caused an outcry by suggesting women should not laugh loudly in public waded into a new controversy on Wednesday by attacking women who he said could not resist pole dancing.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, a co-founder of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), has strongly criticised in recent days what he sees as a decline of moral standards in Turkey.

His comment earlier this week that women should not laugh in public was ridiculed by secular Turks, with women taking to Twitter en masse to post pictures of themselves laughing deliriously.

Mr Arinc said in televised comments on Wednesday that those remarks had been taken out of context and he had wanted to comment on the "general rules of morality".

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