Diversity of human temperament is staggering! While the simple and humble Mahmoud Ahmedinejad (after completing two terms as President) returns to his teaching profession and travels in a bus to work everyday .. there is also Rajab Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey whose incurable greed and ambition makes him more audacious and feared than a feral dog.
He was the prime minister for three consecutive terms that stretched for eleven years from 2003 to 2014. He is now living in his dreamland of a Turkish "sultan." Amassing ill-gotten wealth is second nature. He couldn't run a fourth term as PM, so he got himself elected as the President of Turkey in August 2014. Constitutionally the president's role is ceremonial but Erodgan cannot reconcile with that. He is now focused on changing the parliamentary system into a presidential system with a strong and independent chief executive having extensive powers to satisfy his penchant for absolute power.
In a parliamentary system, the president never presides over cabinet meetings unless there is an emergency or some extraordinary situation. However, on January 19, through some clever political manoeuvring he granted himself the power to chair an important cabinet meeting in his new and lavish presidential palace, AK Saray, that has more than a thousand rooms. The move dumped PM Ahmet Davutoglu into a non-entity. Purportedly he was piqued but just as helpless as any common Turk. The Erdogan family along with their cheerleaders and backers of the AK Party fit perfectly into the definition of a menacing cult.
Neither is the Turkish central bank able to function independently, an institution that unconditionally needs to be separate from the administration. Its forecast shows inflation is expected to stand at 6.8% by end 2015 which is still above the country's 5% target. Yet, in mid January the dictator barked at Central Bank officials insisting to lower interest rates, a step blatantly outside the president's jurisdiction of formal duties. A week later the Bank lowered the rate by 50 basis points, a decision seemingly made under political pressure, not economic reasons.
The secret behind changing Turkey into a de facto presidential system is the creation of brand new positions for Rajjab Erdogan, his family and sycophants - 'President for Life' and his permanent wazirs.
When the dazzling palace, Ak Saray, was completed at a total cost of a whopping $615 million, some Turkish news sources reported it as having 1,000 rooms and the opposition leader, Kemal Kılıcdaroglu, criticized Erdogan's extravagance. Undaunted and brazen, Erdogan proudly replied, "You are saying that it has 1,000 rooms, you are wrong. It has more than 1,150 rooms, not 1,000. Kılıcdaroglu does not even know that." His unabashed conceit has pushed him passed the stages of defending himself against criticism. Rather he prefers to tease his opponents with words of acknowledgement far more astounding than the criticism leveled against him.
The Bahcesehir University Center for Economic & Social Research recently revealed that two out of every three children in Turkey live in extreme poverty. Their families cannot afford heating at home nor a washing machine and they cannot afford to eat meat, fish nor a wholesome vegetable meal .. not even once every two days. The situation has deteriorated infinitely after the influx of refugees from neighboring Syria, a scenario for which the 'Sultan' is squarely responsible. Yet he defends his extravagance arguing that far more costly palaces exist in other parts of the world, citing the example of Buckingham Palace worth $7 billion. Analogically that's a bit like a criminal attempting to exonerate himself by saying he killed only 5 whereas his comrade killed 15. Following bad examples is this crook's vision of being a smart leader. That was straight from the horse's mouth.
"We wanted to build a work about which future generations will say: 'It is from here that the new Turkey was led." These are the words of Rajjab Erdogan on $615 million AK Saray covering an area of "200,000 square meters - more than 30 times the size of the White House and bigger even than France's majestic Palace of Versailles," states The Daily Star Lebanon. It is the final stages of ethical depravity when your vices become sources of pride, self-worth, joy and gratification.
It's to be seen for how much longer this evil creature and a favorite partner of the West continues to gloat in his misguided dreams, enslaving the naive Turks by abusing their votes and grossly misrepresenting history.
Unfortunately leaders with political pipe-dreams can make their people just as crazy as themselves. The Turks watched his devastating performance as PM for eleven long years, yet they helped him to office as president last August. Unbelievable! I thought Turks were smarter. Or perhaps it's a reaction on the rebound after Mostafa Kemal's lengthy era of hardline secularism. But a radical takfiri is no different from a radical secularist. It seems that Turkey is forever fated to be stuck with either of the two extremes. They only have themselves to blame.
December 2014, the ogre steps out of his palace thinking himself to be an Ottoman Sultan surrounded by protocol. He is going to receive Vladimir Putin, one of the two guests at AK Saray. The first was Pope Francis in November 2014.
Chairs first cabinet meeting; power grab
AK Saray - palace with 1150 rooms
AK Saray - area 30 times bigger than WH
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