ISTANBUL, March 27 The Turkish lira strengthened
to its strongest level against the dollar in three weeks on
Thursday on foreign inflows triggered by anticipation of a
strong showing for the ruling AK Party in local elections on
But gains were capped by investor unease after the Turkish
telecoms authority TIB said on Thursday it had taken an
"administrative measure" against YouTube, a week after
it blocked access to microblogging site Twitter,
causing international condemnation and market losses.
At 1441 GMT, the lira firmed to its strongest
level of the day at 2.1752, from 2.1985 late on Wednesday. After
news of action against YouTube broke, it weakened to 2.1877 by
After sharp gains on Wednesday, the main Istanbul share
index closed down 1.01 percent at 67,048.36,
underperforming the main emerging markets index, which
was up 0.56 percent.
Turkey's 10-year benchmark bond yield fell
to 10.63 percent from 11.8 percent at Wednesday's close.
(Reporting by Dasha Afanasieva; Editing by Ece Toksabay)