President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, when departing for the G-20 Summit in China from İstanbul Atatürk Airport on Friday, told reporters that the president is the head of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary in Turkey.
Responding to remarks made by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who criticized the opening ceremony for the new judicial year at the presidential palace, Erdoğan said the comments were not appropriate for an opposition leader. “The [presidential] palace belongs to all state institutions, and all of them [the heads of the institutions] can use it for gatherings. The president is the head of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary in this country. What can we say to a person who doesn’t realize this?” Erdoğan said.