Erdoğan's salary to see a boost of 40.4 percent

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will increase his salary by 40.4 percent to 141,453 liras, as part of a supplementary budget proposal submitted to parliament. Erdoğan had already boosted his salary by 14.4 percent in January of this year.

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A proposal submitted to Turkish parliament for a supplementary budget has revealed that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will raise his salary by 40.4 percent to over 141,000 liras – equivalent to 33 full minimum wage salaries.

The announcement was made by main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy parliamentary group chair Özgür Özel on social media.

“With the supplementary budget that he submitted to the Parliamentary Speaker's Office with his own signature, Tayyip Erdoğan is raising his salary by 40.4 percent to 141,453 Turkish Liras, which had lastly increased in January. Isn't the economic crisis that is affecting the President affecting the minimum wage earners? Will minimum wage earners be doomed to 4,253 liras?” Özel asked on Twitter.

Özel was referring to the fact that Erdoğan already increased his monthly salary by 14.4 percent from 88,000 to 100,750 liras in January of this year.

The government on June 20 submitted a proposal to the parliamentary for a supplementary budget of 880.4 billion liras to cover rising costs of tackling a currency slide and rampant inflation.

The proposal seeks to allocate an additional 554 million liras to the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) and the Presidency Communications Directorate 87 million liras this year. It also seeks to expand the budget allocated for the use of Erdoğan by 20.2 percent.

The proposal will have to be passed first by a commission in parliament and later by the general assembly. Parliament usually breaks from early July to early October.