Erdogan Promises Private Jet for Top Muslim Cleric

Mehmet Gormez

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will ask the government to provide a private jet to the country’s top Muslim cleric, ignoring criticism caused by his earlier promise to give the cleric a Mercedes.

Erdogan told NTV television late Tuesday that Mehmet Gormez, who heads a government body that regulates religious affairs, was a respected Islamic religious leader who deserved the same conveniences as the pope.

Erdogan said the pope “has a private jet, private cars and armored vehicles. That’s the situation at the Vatican and our religious leader will take scheduled flights?”

Last week Erdogan promised to allocate a Mercedes to Gormez after the cleric returned one following an uproar over the expenditure.

Erdogan has himself been criticized for moving into a 1,150-room palace.

In other news from Turkey: Erdogan, in a rage over the New York Times editorial criticizing him, has cancelled the honorary citizenship of a former NYT reporter.

  • simus1

    It is beginning to sound like a discrete little hideaway with two separate remotely operated door garages fronting on different streets with be soon be needed.

  • DVult

    Why does this fool need so many rooms? A rubber room would be sufficient.

    • Frau Katze

      He’s seems to be getting dictator syndrome. He thinks he’s a major emperor of a vast domain. Except the Ottoman Empire is gone.

      A Turkish religious official is responsible for Muslims in Turkey and that’s it. The Pope represents all the world’s Catholics. Slight difference.

      Mohammed didn’t like clerics. So they have developed sort of willy-nilly. The Shiites use Ayatollahs. The Sunnis had a Caliph, but Ataturk himself got rid of him.

      This dude is not a Caliph.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Was the Ottoman Empire famous for furniture?
        Eddie Izzard says so.

      • tom_billesley

        I see some changes in Turkey’s legislature in the near future, with the possibility of early retirements due to ill health
        Erdoğan’s 1,150-room mega-palace was illegally constructed on protected land, Turkey’s top administrative court, the Council of State plenary session of the chambers for administrative cases, has confirmed in a ruling, according to the Ankara Chamber of Architects.
        Erdoğan moved into the palace last year, brushing aside protests by opposition parties and advocacy groups who said the $615 million complex was illegal.

        • Frau Katze

          Yes, I saw that too but he seems to be above the law. Anyway…we’ll see. The election is n June 7.

  • Martin B

    Give rimjobs to the Sultan, get a private jet.

  • tom_billesley

    Turkey pays for Gormez, and he manages all of the imams in Turkey. They are all on government salaries, like civil servants.
    The Italian public purse doesn’t pay for the pope and his minions and trappings in the Vatican, nor for the popemobile.

  • DMB

    Maybe when Turkey’s top Muslim cleric has his private jet he can than ask “Allah” why they even need it in the first place! LOL

  • Jay Currie

    I’m all for this guy having a private jet. Two if he can swing it. Why not?

    Of course the Pope doesn’t actually have a “private” jet:

    The Vatican does not own and operate a jet exclusively for the Pope’s foreign travel, but instead uses an Alitalia aircraft that is set aside from normal scheduled passenger operations – reported on this occasion to be EI-EIB, named “Città di Fiumicino” and almost brand new.

    The aircraft is flown by Alitalia pilots and cabin crew are also from the Italian national airline.

    But the Islamoloons can’t buy a clue so there you are.

    There are lots of ignorant Turks out in the Anatolian boonies who are fierce Islamists and Erdogan needs their votes. What’s a few million for the sake of an election.

    • Frau Katze

      I suspect it is electioneering too. Thanks for in the info.