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Hamas celebrates AKP win in Turkish elections

Hamas considers Turkey a vital ally and held rallies in celebration of the ruling Justice and Development Party's election victory.
A Palestinian Hamas supporter celebrates after Erdogan declared victory in local polls during a rally organised by Hamas movement in the northern Gaza Strip March 31, 2014. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in local polls that had become a referendum on his rule and said he would "enter the lair" of enemies who have accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets. The Arabic words read "Turkey Justice and development forward". REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNRES

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas, at all levels, did not hide its joy regarding the victory of the Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP), led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in last weekend’s municipal elections. Hamas leaders made a slew of congratulatory calls and sent cables to the Turkish party’s leadership, reflecting the close relationship that binds the movement with the Turkish ruling party.

Thousands of Hamas members in the Jabaliya refugee camp, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, took part in a mass rally on the evening of March 31, called for by the movement to celebrate Erdogan’s election victory. Some rally participants handed out sweets to express their joy, as did some members of Hamas’ Palestinian police in the city of Rafah in southern Gaza.

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