Erdoğan’s presidential seat on shaky ground, says İmamoğlu

Istanbul’s opposition mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu said that the seat of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was on shaky ground after the mayor was seated on a broken chair at the Presidential Palace earlier this month.

“They said my seat was shaking, your seat is shaking, too,” left-wing news site HaberSoL quoted İmamoğlu as saying, in reference to a broken chair the mayor was seated on during a meeting with Erdoğan and Turkey’s metropolitan mayors in early September.

İmamoğlu went through two broken chairs before attaining a stable seat during a meeting held by Erdoğan on Sept. 11. at the Presidential Palace in Ankara with the country’s metropolitan mayors to discuss local government issues. Erdoğan reacted to the incident by jokingly saying İmamoğlu would have to pay for the broken chair on account of it being “state property”.

The Istanbul mayor was speaking at an event celebrating his victory that ended 25 years of rule in the country’s financial hub by Erdoğan’s ruling Islamist Justice Development Party (AKP) and its predecessors.

“Turkey cannot be ruled by the willpower of a handful of people. This is what we showed in Istanbul. We won and changed this. We can change the will of the handful of people that rule Turkey, too,” İmamoğlu said at the event, referring to Turkey’s ruling AKP.