Turkey's prime minister slams The Economist

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) -- Turkey is no stranger to name-calling and over-heated rhetoric, especially in the final days before a national election.

In the run-up to parliamentary elections on June 12, however, politics have taken an unexpected turn, as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party leveled broadsides against the influential British news magazine The Economist.

Erdogan and several top-ranking government officials have denounced The Economist and accused it of working on behalf of Israeli interests. The flap erupted after an Economist editorial endorsed the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) in the upcoming election.

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