Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo)
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Turkey's embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared open war Wednesday on what he labeled an "empire of fear" created by an Islamic rival at the heart of a deepening political crisis.Erdogan was clearly referring to supporters of Gulen, an Islamic preacher exiled in the United States but who retains considerable influence in several state apparatus including the police and judiciary.Erdogan said the actions of the Gulenists – onetime supporters of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) – had also dealt a blow to the Turkish economy by scaring away foreign investors.Erdogan took power after years of unstable governments and an economic meltdown, pledging to rebuild the country as a regional political and economy power.
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