Most dailies cover a public spat over claims of a 'golden toilet seat' installed in Turkey's Presidential Palace


World Bulletin / News Desk 

The majority of Tuesday’s newspapers dedicated their front pages to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s response to main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu over his claims there is a lavish 'golden toilet seat' in the Presidential Palace.

YENI SAFAK ran with the headline: "Come and see each toilet" referring to Erdogan's rejection of Kilicdaroglu’s claim.

According to the paper, Erdogan invited Kilicdaroglu to inspect the Ankara palace after the CHP leader accused Erdogan of having gold-plated toilet seats in the new building.

"I invite you [Kilicdaroglu] to come and see whether there is any golden toilet seat in the palace," Erdogan said during a speech in the eastern province of Igdir.

"If you have honor, then come and inspect" was STAR's headline, citing Erdogan. The paper said that Erdogan challenged Kilicdaroglu and promised to file legal action.

The row between Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu began on Sunday when the CHP leader accused Erdogan of excessive spending on the Presidential Palace, including the purported golden toilet seats.

During an interview on the same day, Erdogan reacted strongly to the comments, saying that he would resign as president of Turkey if Kilicdaroglu’s claims were true.

The president challenged the leader of the Republican People’s Party to do the same if his claims were proven wrong.

The Presidential Palace has been subjected to prolonged criticism by opposition parties for its substantial size and cost. However, Erdogan says the palace is "a symbol of Turkey's important and growing role in the region".

In other news, many dailies also covered the one-day strike by Turkish doctors on Monday to protest violence against physicians after a gunman shot a medic dead on Friday.

VATAN said: "We are in mourning, we are rebelling", quoting some of the thousands of doctors around Turkey who took to the streets to denounce the killing of 56-year-old doctor Kamil Furtun.

Furtun was shot dead in a hospital in the northern province of Samsun by a 30-year-old man who claimed to have psychological problems.

"The doctor’s uprising," MILLIYET wrote, reporting that statistics show that at least 30 health professionals are exposed to violence every day.

In financial news, economic newspaper DUNYA covered news that the Turkish exports declined 19 percent in May.

Announcing the May export figures, the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly said on Monday that exports in May were down 19 percent from the same month in 2014.

Exports in May were $10.8 billion. In the first five months of the year, they amounted to $61.3 billion, an 8.3 percent decline in total exports from last year.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Haziran 2015, 11:49