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Twitter campaign launched against Turkish PM's polygamous adviser

ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News | 8/6/2010 12:00:00 AM |

A campaign called “NoAliYuksel” has been launched on the social networking site, Twitter, in protest at the prime minister’s adviser, who has three wives.

A campaign called “NoAliYuksel” has been launched on the social networking site, Twitter, in protest at the prime minister’s adviser, who has three wives.

Emine Aslaner, who wears a headscarf, started the campaign, which has also drawn support from men. “NoAliYuksel,” meanwhile, has now made the Twitter trend list.

“No harem. Women with headscarves are uncomfortable,” “If you don’t send off people like Ali Yüksel, we won’t say ‘yes,’” “You can’t trick us with laws. We look at the life you live, the decisions you take and we don’t believe you,” “European Turks are uncomfortable” and “The ruling party, which is advised by a man who represents Islam in Germany with his harem, could only increase its harem,” members of the group have posted on the site. 

Yüksel, who was appointed as an adviser to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been highly criticized for his polygamy, which first emerged after a book interview.

Fehmi Çalmuk had interviewed Ali Yüksel for his book, “Girls who Draw Attention,” which was published in 2004. In the interview, Yüksel said he had three wives and his intention was to marry a fourth. 

The story apparently went largely unnoticed by the media until this week, when it was picked up by daily Radikal and daily Birgün, among other news outlets.

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