Fearing Assassination, Erdogan To Install Food Analysis Lab in Presidential Palace

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Published Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A special food analysis laboratory will be built at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's controversial presidential palace to make sure all his food is safe to eat, Cevdet Erdol told the Hurriyet newspaper on Tuesday.

Every meal that goes before Erdogan is rigorously tested both at home and abroad for fear of possible assassination, his personal doctor said.

"It's usually not through bullets that prominent figures are being assassinated these days," Erdol said.

Currently, samples of the president's food are analyzed in laboratories in both Ankara and Istanbul and during his visits abroad, he said.

Erdogan's opponents accuse him of increasing megalomania, and of having set up a cult of personality around him as president or prime minister since 2003.

Erdogan's 1,150-room palace, which opened last year on the outskirts of Ankara, has been condemned by critics as an absurd extravagance showing that he is slipping further towards authoritarian rule.

The palace was initially declared to have cost $350 million and described by ecologists as an environmental blight.

Erdol said a fully-equipped lab will soon be built at the grandiose complex, where every dish will be inspected by medically-qualified professionals.

There is also a five-member emergency team on duty at the heavily-guarded palace 24 hours a day, analyzing everything he eats and drinks to guard against radiation, chemical materials and bacteria.

"Fortunately, we have not had any serious incidents so far," Erdol said, adding that the food was bought only from trusted sources.

Erdogan’s fears of assassination are not unjustified. Turkey's eighth president Turgut Ozal survived an assassination attempt in 1988 when a right-wing gunman shot him at a party congress.

Family members have long believed that Ozal, who died in office in 1993 of unknown causes, was poisoned, but a court in 2012 ruled out the possibility.

Five time Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, who died in 2006, survived nine assassination attempts, most notably in the western city of Izmir and New York, where bullets narrowly missed him.

Erdogan in January appointed Ibrahim Saracoglu, a professor of biochemistry and microbiology known for his research on the healing effects of plants, as one of his advisors.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

Comments

You website is wonky again.
Dermal poisons in the form of deodorant spray, perfume, fly spray will kill him, so will poison in the bath water.
The pretensious clown deserves to be sent to his maker.

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