Turkey's President and ruling Justice and Development Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during an election rally in Istanbul, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the ride hailing app Uber is "finished" in Turkey, following intense pressure from Istanbul taxi drivers for the service to be banned.Erdogan's comments, in a late night speech Friday in Istanbul, came after the government agreed new rules that are expected to severely complicate Uber's operations in Turkey.Drivers of Istanbul's yellow taxis have over the last months waged an intense campaign to have Uber banned, saying the company is eating into their business without having a proper legal basis for work.Erdogan said that while Uber may be popular in some European countries, Turkey was different.Uber has said it is committed to working in Turkey and insisted it is operating within the law.
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