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    The Swedish Minister of Housing, Mehmet Kaplan, has sparked controversy after a photograph of him emerged having dinner with members of the far-right Turkish organization, Grey Wolves, according to Swedish daily newspaper, Aftonbladet.

    The photographs leaked to the Swedish media, Kaplan, a member of the Green Party which forms part of the coalition administration with the Social Democrats, can be seen sitting at the same table as notorious extremist Barbaros Leylani and Ilhan Senturk, the president of the Swedish branch of the Grey Wolves.

    Leylani caused controversy last week by making inflammatory remarks when speaking to a crowd of Turks in Stockholm’s central square. Leylani urged Turks to “awaken”, and to kill what he branded "the Armenian dogs.”

    The Grey Wolves organization has been accused of participating in thousands of politically and racially motivated murders over the past few decades, said Aftonbladet.

    Kaplan came under immediate heavy criticism from the Iranian-born Moderate member of parliament, Hanif Bali.“It is very inappropriate. I do not understand why the Green Party associates with these kinds of organizations”.

    This is not the first time that Kaplan has been in embroiled in controversy. In 2014 Social Democrat politician Nalin Pekgul accused Kaplan of having a hidden Islamist agenda. And earlier that year, Kaplan compared Swedish jihadists in Syria to Swedish freedom fighters in Finland during World War Two. He later apologized and said his comments had been misinterpreted.

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    The minister in question has now resigned, over a comment comparing Israel to Nazi Germany.

    It took a lot of rather outrageous things for the Greens to let him go, didn't it? And why was he selected in the first place?
 
 
 
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