Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stormed out of a speech delivered by Turkish Union of Bars head Metin Feyzioğlu, accusing Feyzioğlu of being “rude” in a speech criticizing the government’s performance.
Erdoğan became incensed over Feyzioğlu’s criticizing of the government’s failure to provide permanent settlement to some survivors of the 2011 Van earthquakes. He stressed that many people were still living in rudimentary conditions in shipping containers.
Rising from his seat to leave, Erdoğan interrupted the speech, saying Turkey’s highest lawyer had “no legal right” to say such things. “Unfortunately, because of the law, we give a platform to things like this. You’re making a political speech … Everything you said about Van is a lie,” he said.
Sitting alongside Erdoğan, President Abdullah Gül attempted to calm Erdoğan down, but to no avail.
Related: While thousands of Turkish social media users praised Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s storming out of the Council of State speech over the “rudeness” of Turkey’s top lawyer Metin Feyzioğlu on May 10, thousands of others ridiculed it.
Two hashtags supporting Erdoğan and one supporting Feyzioğlu remained in the Worldwide Trending Topics (TT) list on Twitter even hours after the incident.