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Turkey's Erdogan sacks statistics chief as inflation tension escalates

Sait Erdal Dincer lasts just 10 months in role amid reports of friction over direction of policy

People shop at a fresh market in Ankara.   © Reuters

ANKARA (Financial Times) -- Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sacked the head of the national statistical institute after reports of tension between them over the country's inflation data.

A decree published in the country's official gazette early on Saturday morning announced the removal of Sait Erdal Dincer, after the official rate of inflation reached a 19-year high of 36 per cent in December. He had served just 10 months in the role.

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