Turkey’s Erdoğan demanded summer palace rebuild - CHP

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked for some parts of his summer presidential palace to be demolished and rebuilt, according to a lawmaker of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). 

CHP Deputy Muharrem Erkes submitted a motion for a parliamentary inquiry over reports about Erdoğan’s summer residence, which is under construction in Okluk cove in the coastal town of Marmaris, secularist daily Cumhuriyet reported on Wednesday.

According to Erkek, Turkey has so far spent 330 million lira ($57.6 million) on the construction of the summer residence since it started three years ago. The Turkish government allotted 30 million lira ($5.2 million) to the building in 2019, Erkek said. 

“According to one claim conveyed to me, the president and his family did not like some parts of the summer palace and those parts will be demolished and rebuilt in line with their demands,” Cumhuriyet quoted opposition politician as saying.

“If those claims are true, which parts of the palace were not to their liking? How much will it cost to level those parts and rebuild them?” he asked.

The Turkish president’s main palace is located on the outskirts of Ankara. The imposing 1150-room structure, which stands four times larger than the famously extravagant Versailles Palace, was constructed on protected land in defiance of environmental concerns and court orders. 

Some 50,000 trees have been cut down and an area of 10,966 square metres has been filled in for Erdoğan’s new summer residence, Cumhuriyet said.