Ankara Mayor Gökçek vows to his Twitter followers to build the world’s largest theme park
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek speaks during the special event aiming to celebrate the soaring number of followers on Twitter, which has already climbed over the uber number of one million. AA photoAnkara’s temperamental and controversial Mayor Melih Gökçek has vowed to build the largest theme park in the world, on Nov. 17 during a lunch with a group of his most steady followers on Twitter.
The mayor, who has been in office long enough to witness the birth and full emancipation of a new generation of voters, has kicked off a campaign to ask for one more term – which will be the last, he says – as the head of the Turkish capital’s Metropolitan Municipality. If elected, Gökçek will round off his mayoralty to a quarter of a century.
During the event, aiming to celebrate the number of his followers surpassed the 1 million mark, Gökçek announced his most ambitious project will be a theme park like Disneyland. “In terms of surface and attractions, this theme park will be not only Turkey’s but the world’s largest,” Gökçek said, adding that construction has already started.
Gökçek also said test drives at the Sincan metro line, which has been under construction for 12 years, will start next month.
He also reiterated his ambition of retiring from politics after his last term, to jump in the waters of investigative journalism. “If God gives me more life, I want to be part of the media,” he said.
Media is not a sector unfamiliar to the Gökçek family, as his 30-year-old son Osman Gökçek is currently the general coordinator of Beyaz TV.
Gökçek has also drawn international attention for few months with his twitter campaigns and hashtag wars against the coverage of the Gezi events by international media outlets such as the CNN and the BBC.
With over 46,000 tweets and retweets from his account, Gökçek is by far the most active Twitter user among the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) figures.