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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Turk Leader Blasted for Turn to Libya

ANKARA -- Turkey's divided opposition on Tuesday turned on beleaguered Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan for Islamist foreign policy failures that have dragged his three-month-old government to its lowest point.


Adding to Erbakan's woes, Turkey's closest ally Washington finally ran out of patience over his flirtations with radical Moslem states.


A left-wing party said it would greet Erbakan on his return from a controversial African tour later in the day with a censure motion to topple the Islamist-led coalition.


"Our nation has not fallen into such humiliation in its foreign relations since it was founded," the leftist Republican People's Party, said in a written request to parliament.


The opposition and media have slammed Erbakan for a visit to Libya over the weekend. Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi strongly criticized Turkey's treatment of its Kurds and its ties to the West at a joint news conference with Erbakan on Sunday.


Erbakan, modern Turkey's first Islamist premier, has five deputies more than the 276 needed to win a censure vote in the 550-seat assembly. But some MPs in the pro-Western True Path Party, a government ally, are uneasy at his foreign efforts.


The United States has delivered an uncharacteristic "stiff rebuke" to Turkey over the Libya visit.