VIDEO: Turkish PM Erdoğan hailed as 'sultan,' greeted with Ottoman army band
ISTANBUL - Doğan News Agency
Like a conquering Ottoman sultan, PM Erdoğan (in bus) waves to supporters as a calvary-based mehter band leads the way to great fanfare in Düzce. AA PhotoA group of construction workers cheered for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul on March 26, hailing him as a "padişah" (sultan).
Erdoğan was walking to a helipad to depart for his electoral rally in the northwestern province of Düzce when cheering was heard from a building site across the road. "Long live our padişah," the workers chanted, in reference to the superlative royal title for the Ottoman Dynasty. Erdoğan saluted them in a traditional gesture of reverence before boarding the helicopter.
Likewise, Erdoğan was also received with a ceremony befitting "sultans" and conquerors at his arrival in the town of Düzce, where a cavalry-based "Mehter" (the Ottoman army band) accompanied his bus to the rally point.