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Turkey summoned a top American diplomat Sunday after the US Embassy’s official Twitter account “liked” a tweet that said the people of Turkey should prepare for a political era without Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the national party, who has recently fallen ill.
The Foreign Ministry said the US charge d’affaires, Jeffrey Hovenier, was summoned despite an embassy statement that said its Twitter account had liked “an unrelated post in error,” and apologized.
Many interpreted the tweet as suggesting that Bahceli, the leader of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) which is an ally of President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, could soon die.
The tweet was posted by a journalist Turkey accuses of having links to a network led by Fethullah Gulen who is blamed for a 2016 failed coup attempt. Turkish media reports say the journalist, Ergun Babahan, is wanted in Turkey.