Mar 01 2018

Pro-government Turkish newspaper buys house of opposition leader’s daughter

The daughter of the leader of Turkey’s main opposition party sold her apartment for $100,000 to the owners of a pro-government newspaper who said her property was worth $1 million, secularist newspaper Sözcü said.

The sale was part on a spat between Zeynep Kılıçdaroğlu and the Güneş newspaper, which accused the daughter of the leader of the leftist Republican People’s Party (CHP) of living in a million-dollar luxury apartment.

In a letter printed in the column of Ahmet Hakan in secularist newspaper Hürriyet, Kılıçdaroğlu said: “I would like to inform you that I am ready to sell the flat I own to you for $100,000 worth of Turkish lira with the income tax, sales tax and fees arising from the sale being covered by your side.”

The newspaper responded with a front-page headline on Dec. 20, saying, “the $100,000 is ready, keep your promise” It went on to say: “As Güneş, we are looking to buy that apartment. Our word is our bond.”

The deal was finalised by the lawyers of both parties on Wednesday, Sözcü reported, with the house going for $100,000 plus taxes and fees,

However, Kılıçdaroğlu said, the newspaper might well be disappointed by the apartment which did not have the view of Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands that Güneş had promised.

“Thus we’ve rid ourselves of a million-dollar house,” her father, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, joked in the wake of the sale.