Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc speaks to the press ahead of the presidential elections in Ankara on July 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN
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A senior Turkish minister who caused an outcry by suggesting women should not laugh loudly in public waded into a new controversy on Wednesday by attacking women who he said could not resist pole dancing.Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, a co-founder of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), has strongly criticised in recent days what he sees as a decline of moral standards in Turkey.His comment earlier this week that women should not laugh in public was ridiculed by secular Turks, with women taking to Twitter en masse to post pictures of themselves laughing deliriously.Arinc said in televised comments Wednesday that those remarks had been taken out of context and he had wanted to comment on the "general rules of morality". Mimicking the Twitter campaign Tuesday over Arinc's comments on laughing, bloggers posted pictures of their pets climbing up poles or flags proudly flying from poles.
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