President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's lavish presidential palace in Ankara uses 60,000 Turkish Liras worth of electricity daily, and his power bill adds up to 21.6 million liras per year, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said on Sep. 2.
The palace's power bill came into question after CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu told the president to turn off the lights in the 150 rooms of his residence in a tweet on Aug. 26.
"The people can't keep up with your pompous display," Kılıçdaroğlu told Erdoğan after the president claimed Turkey was in a new era of ramping.
Sarayında 1.150 odan var, ışıklarını söndürmeyi unutma Erdoğan; millet senin şatafatına yetişemiyor. Allah akıl fikir versin Saray’a, yokuş aşağı şahlandırdın memleketi!— Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu (@kilicdarogluk) August 26, 2021
The palace's daily power bill averages 60,000 Turkish Liras, which adds up to 21.6 million liras annually and equals the electricity used in hundreds of city's districts, CHP Istanbul Deputy Gürsel Tekin said.
"Experts say that this amount approximately equals the average total of electricity used in 17,000 homes," Tekin said. "This money could cover basic expenses for 250,000 people for a whole month."
Noting that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been conducting an anti-waste campaign nationwide, Tekin said that Turkey's resources were being put to waste.