Erdoğan at the presidential palace
The heated rhetoric of Turkish politics has – if ever so briefly – left behind the squares and the airwaves to invade the bathroom, with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calling on the leader of the main opposition party to visit his presidential palace to see whether there is any golden toilet seat.
“I’m talking very openly and I’m saying this here for the first time. If the leader of the main opposition is honest, then I will give an instruction to my secretary-general this evening. Let him come and walk around the Presidential Külliye,” Erdoğan said, addressing opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu during an interview on public broadcaster TRT late on May 31.
Erdoğan prefers his gargantuan presidential palace to be called the “Presidential Külliye,” an Ottoman architectural concept that designates a complex with a central mosque and a series of ancillary buildings, such as a hospital, library and public fountain, surrounding it…
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Things have become so glaringly bad that even The Guardian has an editorial today: The Guardian view on Turkey: growing autocracy threatens a crucial country