**Turkey’s controversial President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sparked mockery and condemnation by defending new powers he wants to give himself as being similar to Adolf Hitler’s.
In a statement that surprised even his critics, Mr Erdogan responded to arguments that putting political power in the hands of the presidency would not work in a “unitary state”.
He said there were other examples of its being successful. "There are already examples in the world,” he said.
“You can see it when you look at Hitler’s Germany. There are later examples in various other countries."**
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