Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seeks to increase his own salary by 14.4 percent, according to the 2022 budget proposal currently in parliament.
The proposed increase in the president's salary equates to 4.5 minimum wages, which is 2,825 liras, and will bring up his monthly income to 100,000 Turkish Liras from 88,000 liras.
"This man is a penny pincher when it comes to workers and laborers, but very generous to himself! The palace gets glamor and the people get poverty!" wrote main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Group Deputy Chairman Özgür Özel.
TBMM'ye sunulan bütçe teklifine göre Tayyip Erdoğan kendi maaşını yüzde 14,4 oranında rekor zamla 100.000 TL'nin üzerine çıkardı.— Özgür Özel (@eczozgurozel) October 19, 2021
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The president's wages were some 59,000 Turkish Liras in 2018, since when the Turkish Lira has depreciated drastically against foreign currencies and its purchasing power has dipped as a result of inflation.