Erdogan Makes Nazi Jibe over Germany Rally Ban

تم نشره في Sun 5 March / Mar 2017. 01:00 AM
  • President Erdogan made his remarks at a Women's Day rally in Istanbul - (Reuters)

CAPITALS — Turkey's president has compared German officials to Nazis, in the latest escalation in a war of words.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out after German authorities cancelled rallies designed to woo ethnic Turkish voters in Germany ahead of a key referendum.

"Your practices are not different from the Nazi practices of the past," Mr Erdogan said.

About 1.4m Turks in Germany can vote in the April referendum, which could give Mr Erdogan sweeping new powers.

Voters will be asked whether they back a new constitution, which would transform the country from a parliamentary republic to a presidential one.

That would give Mr Erdogan, as president, new powers over the budget, appointment of ministers and judges, and the power to dismiss parliament, among others.