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Turkish PM Erdoğan and main opposition leader Kılıçdaroğlu hit under the belly as they attack each other, using an offensive and obscene language

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L) and main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu (R) hit an all-time low.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L) and main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu (R) hit an all-time low.

The level of decency and mutual respect in Parliament hit an all-time low on Nov. 6 as both the prime minister and the main opposition leader used an obscene and ethnically offensive saying to attack each other.

The first salvo came from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his polemic with main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

Addressing his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) parliamentary group, Erdoğan said only a few hours before Fitch upgraded Turkey to investment grade on Nov. 5, Kılıçdaroğlu had delivered a speech in which he slammed the government’s economic policies. “As a matter of fact, whenever Kılıçdaroğlu denigrates the government, praises for Turkey come from the world,” Erdoğan said. “You know, exactly like the ‘ill-fated Bedouin.’” The full version of the obscene saying Erdoğan half said is: “The ill-fated Bedouin will be f– by polar bears in the desert.” The saying is used in Turkish slang to describe unfortunate people and situations.

As Kılıçdaroğlu’s address to the CHP parliamentary group took place later in the day, he found the opportunity to respond to Erdoğan in the same way. Kılıçdaroğlu described Erdoğan’s remarks as “bad manners,” but, his manners were not much better.

“Now I’m asking Erdoğan, aren’t you the one who travels in Syrian deserts, Libyan deserts and Saudi deserts? Turn and look in the mirror, you will see the ‘ill-fated Bedouin’ there. But I have a warning, you should be careful with the polar bears while traveling in those deserts.”

In addition to responding to Erdoğan with the same obscenity, the main opposition leader made his own contribution to the polemic with an obscene anecdote. “They ask the rooster ‘Which came first, the chicken or the egg?’ He says ‘I don’t understand such a things, I just say and move on.’ Me too, I just say and move on,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.

In the original obscene anecdote, the rooster’s response is, with an apology to Hürriyet Daily News readers, “I don’t understand such things, I just f– and move on.”


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Stephen Brunette

11/7/2012 1:18:01 PM

Can't we just take all parliamentary members of ALL parties out in a big boat and sink it? Maybe then we can get some real statesmen to give the Turkish people real governance and leadership. As it is now, all the parties and especially their leaders are a binch of hacks and losers. For heavens sake, work for the people of the country and just not your parties and their hacks.

B Medic

11/7/2012 12:57:03 PM

The level of decency and mutual respect has never been very high in Turkey's parliament. Why do they need to be so aggressive? They are Turkey's most prominent politicians, they have a responsibility to keep voters, party members and public servants informed about their politics and they just talk nonsense. A TV-debate between Prime minister candidates like with Obama and Romney would be impossible in Turkey. But maybe this is what Turks want.

Faruk Beisser

11/7/2012 9:33:16 AM

Real Turkish politics! I love it!

Cem Mendes

11/7/2012 12:10:45 AM

it sounds like something out of an old Kemal Sunal comedy movie. these 2 should have been born 20yrs earlier and been yesilcam actors

mara mcglothin

11/7/2012 12:08:15 AM

Both men and others in both parties are a disgrace to the Republic and are a very poor representative of all that Turkey can be internationally. Shameful behavior by grown men. Shameful


11/6/2012 11:21:10 PM

How sad. Turkish politics is becoming as low as American politics.

Hakan Salci

11/6/2012 9:33:17 PM

What do you expect froma man who said to a farmer many years ago, quote, 'Take your Mother and Leave', for all those Turkish readers they will know what that really means. Our Great Leader is a disgrace, loud mouthed, disrespectful hard man on the prowl. He is not Prime Minister material nor hardly Presidential for that matter. No manners, no respect, no courtesy, no compromise. Well done Turkey for picking such a great candidate for ruling our country, well done!

Uri D.

11/6/2012 9:05:28 PM

I have always suspected Erdoğan does not know how to behave; this article seems as a good proof for that.


11/6/2012 8:01:12 PM

I have never heard of this expression but thanks to Erdogan, I intend to use it. The man should have stayed as a Mayor, he is not cut for more than that.
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