Saturday, May 10, 2014

Turkish PM Storms Out of Ceremony Due to Critic; Furious Speaker Accused Him of Authoritarianism

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lost his temper during a ceremony today (May 10, 2014), heckling a speaker who accused him of authoritarian tendencies before walking out of the room in fury, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports.

The official ceremony -- which was aired live on Turkish television -- saw a visibly enraged Erdogan interrupt the head of the bar association, Metin Feyzioglu, whose lengthy speech took several jabs at the government's performance.

"You are insolent. You are disrespectful. This is a completely political speech, packed with lies," said Erdogan, who rose from his chair in anger.

Feyzioglu -- a young law professor and staunch critic of the ruling Islamist party in Turkey -- kept his cool during Erdogan's outburst and finished a speech that was met with applause by much of the attendance.

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