A group of construction workers cheered for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul on March 26, hailing him as a “padişah” [sultan].
Erdoğan was walking to a helipad to depart for his electoral rally in the northwestern province of Düzce when cheering was heard from a building site across the road. “Long live our padişah,” the workers chanted, in reference to the superlative royal title for the Ottoman Dynasty. Erdoğan saluted them in a traditional gesture of reverence before boarding the helicopter.
Likewise, Erdoğan was also received with a ceremony befitting “sultans” and conquerors at his arrival in the town of Düzce, where a cavalry-based “Mehter” [the Ottoman army band] accompanied his bus to the rally point.
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