‘Did you clean these toilet seats?’ Erdoğan asks main opposition leader
ANKARAThe quarrel between the Turkish president and the main opposition leader over golden toilet seats has plumbed new depths, after Recep Tayyip Erdoğan questioned how his political rival knew about the toilets of the presidential palace.
“Hey Kılıçdaroğlu, since when have you been visiting the toilets of the Beştepe Külliye [presidential palace]? Did you clean them and that’s how you learned that there were golden toilets seats?” Erdoğan asked.
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) had claimed there were golden toilet seats in a number of public offices, including the bathroom of a provincial governor, suggesting that government officials were living in luxury.
The CHP head replied to Erdoğan’s questions during an interview on private broadcaster CNN Türk, simply saying: “I kiss the eyes of those toilet cleaners, those laborers who provide for their children. This answer is enough.”
Erdoğan had earlier invited Kılıçdaroğlu to visit the palace to see with his own eyes that there were no such toilet seats, but KIlıçdaroğlu turned down the invitation.
“I don’t have any business at palaces, let alone with golden toilet seats. He may also have solid gold closets. I know Erdoğan’s eagerness for gold, dollars, euros and defrauding … [Deputy Prime Minister Bülent] Arinç may go and inspect the wastefulness and the toilets at the illegal palace,” he said.