Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) light flares during an election rally in Ankara March 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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Turkey's embattled government vowed action Friday over the bugging of a security meeting on Syria which was leaked on YouTube, labeling it a conspiratorial "plot" ahead of key local elections.The leak comes amid a fierce standoff between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ally-turned-foe, U.S.-based sheikh Fethullah Gulen, whose followers Erdogan has blamed for the eavesdropping.The government, which last week shut down Twitter, ordered a block on YouTube Thursday in response to the latest release, prompting fresh criticism from foreign capitals and human rights groups.Sunday's local elections are seen as a crucial popularity test for Erdogan, ahead of the country's first direct presidential election in August and parliamentary polls scheduled for next year.YouTube was previously banned for two years until 2010 because of material deemed insulting to the country's revered founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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