Reception for Palestinian President in Turkey Mocked as Ottoman Circus

(Al-Masry Al-Youm-Egypt) Turkish President Erdogan received Palestinian President Abbas in the new $800 million presidential palace in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday. The guards were dressed in uniforms that symbolized the 16 eras of Turkish soldiers from the Mongols to the Ottomans, with swords, daggers and traditional helmets and shields. The exotic ceremony evoked mockery in the Turkish media as an Ottoman circus. CNN said that the Justice and Development Party, founded by Erdogan in 2002, follows the Islamic heritage of the Ottoman Empire where the sultans considered themselves rulers of the whole Muslim world.

2015-01-14 00:00:00

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