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Turkish PM Erdogan under fire for 'anti-Armenian slur'

Published on Aug 6, 2014 8:25 PM
Turkish Prime Minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves as he delivers a speech during a meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara on Aug 6, 2014.-- PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish Prime Minister - and presidential hopeful - Recep Tayyip Erdogan sparked an outcry Wednesday after using what critics said was a racist slur against Armenians in a television interview.

During a live interview on the private NTV channel late Tuesday, Erdogan complained that the opposition was carrying out a smear campaign against him by claiming that he was from another ethnic origin.

"They called me a Georgian. Pardon me for saying this, but they said even uglier things: They called me an Armenian!" Mr Erdogan said.

"As far as I have learned from my father and grandfather, I am a Turk," he added.

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