Turkey top of Arab world

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Despite the Arab Spring and withering criticism, Turkey is as popular
as ever in the Arab world. A newly released poll finds that Arabs see
Turkey as a champion of regional peace and role model for religion and
democracy living side by side. Conducted among 2,323 people in 16 Arab
countries over the last three months of 2011 by the Turkish Economic
and Social Studies Foundation, the survey found that 78 percent
approved of Turkey and its policies. Turkey scored highest in
countries where the Arab Spring has ended the rule of dictators and
politics is in flux. In Libya, Turkey had a 93% approval rating even
though Ankara was late in joining the no-fly zone campaign that was
instrumental in ousting Muamar Gaddafi. Turkey had a 91% rating in
Tunisia and 86% rating in Egypt. 

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