World Bulletin / News Desk
US President Barack Obama on Friday urged all parties in Turkey to back the "democratically-elected" government, after troops in the country launched a coup.
Detailing a call between Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, the White House said both agreed "all parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed."
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His speech capped a nostalgic visit for the 33-year-old billionaire, which included a visit to his old dorm room.
Simeonov, 62, is co-leader of the United Patriots (UP), the junior party in the governing coalition.
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