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Turkey's Erdogan says Morsi 'my president' in Egypt

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center left, Chief of Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel, left, and army commanders walk at the mausoleum of Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk before a meeting of High Military Council in Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that ousted Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi was the only legitimate president of Egypt in an interview with a Turkish newspaper.

"Currently, my president in Egypt is Morsi because he was elected by the people," he told the pro-government Today's Zaman. "If we don't judge the situation like that it is tantamount to ignoring the Egyptian people," he added.

Erdogan, who is also leader of the Islamic-rooted Justice and Development party (AKP), which hold close ties with Morsi's party, had already declared the ousting of the president in early July a "coup".

 

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