Dec 29 2017

Turkish opposition leader’s daughter offers house to pro-government newspaper

In an ongoing spat in which pro-government newspaper Güneş claimed that the daughter of the leader of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lived in a million-dollar house, Zeynep Kılıçdaroğlu has offered to sell the house to the newspaper for $100,000 plus taxes and fees.

In a letter printed in the column of Ahmet Hakan at secularist newspaper Hürriyet, Kılıçdaroğlu wrote, “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 letter, she wrote, was in response to the front-page story in Güneş’s Dec. 20, 2017 edition, which read “The $100,000 is ready, keep your promise” and included the phrase “As Güneş, we are looking to buy that apartment. Our word is our bond”.

However, she said, they may well be disappointed by the degree to which the apartment was the height of luxury.

It also did not have the view of Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands their reporting had promised, Kılıçdaroğlu said.

 

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