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Recep Tayyip Erdogan: The ‘New Sultan’ Now Has A New Palace – And It Has Cost Turkish Taxpayers £400M

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/recep-tayyip-erdogan-the-new-sultan-now-has-a-new-palace--and-it-has-cost-turkish-taxpayers-400m-9841319.html

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has faced accusations before of acting like a “sultan” – never more so than when he was made Turkey’s first elected president after 12 years as its prime minister.

But those claims have been given new vigour after it was revealed that he has built himself a palace that is bigger than the White House or Buckingham Palace, occupies more than 1.6 million square feet of land and cost almost £400 million.

Quoted in Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper, finance minister Mehmet Simsek revealed that the majority of the new 1.37 billion lira (£385.3m) budget had already been spent on the residence from public coffers.

A further £85 million has been allocated for the Ak Saray – or White Palace – in the coming year, which will take it to almost double the estimated cost to Turkish taxpayers.

The palace has 1,000 rooms, advanced security systems, makes lavish use of marble and even has silk wallpaper in the bathrooms, it has been reported. It is bigger even than the vast Palace of Versailles in France, and its use by Mr Erdogan will see the smaller Cankaya Palace occupied by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Excellent contempt for his people. Truly staggering that even at an initial cost of £200m he thought it was OK!

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Excellent contempt for his people. Truly staggering that even at an initial cost of £200m he thought it was OK!

everyone is building for their new emperor!!!

don't agree on van rompuy with much but I think he's right that turkey belongs elsewhere than the EU.

...problem is germany got a huge turkish population now,

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You mean this Van Rompuy?

Looks more like a gravy train to me!

He's not exactly going to be a target for anything, is he? Maybe a disgruntled UKIPer would egg him but that's it.

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To be fair, rather than looking all gaudy with minarets and what not, it looks like it belongs on a business park in swindon.

Im reckoning the actual palace cost about $10million...the other $390m is probably in swiss bank accounts.

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