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Erdogan disrespects Turkey’s top court

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a decision of Turkey’s Constitutional Court, which could be responsible for dealing with corruption allegations against his administration, has “denigrated national values” by overturning his ban on Twitter.
YouTube logos displayed on a laptop screen partially covered with Turkey's national flag in this photo illustration taken in Ankara March 27, 2014.  Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan described the leaking on YouTube on Thursday of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military operations in Syria as "villainous" and the government blocked access to the video-sharing site. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS PORTRAIT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR3IVDE

On April 2, Turkey’s Ankara-based Constitutional Court decided unanimously that the government must immediately end the ban on access to the social media site Twitter. The ban had gone into effect on March 20, only hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to “root it out.”

On April 4, Erdogan provided his first public reaction: “We have to obey the Constitutional Court’s decision, but we don’t have to respect it,” he said. “While the court sided with an American company in this decision, it denigrated our national values.”

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