As Turkish laws, president of Turkey Erdogan is forbidden to participate or lead any Parliamentary campaigns. But instead he came up with new tricks to insure his presence in political field.
Ruth Sherlock, Beirut Telegraph UK’s reporter wrote a generous article about the incident.
The images of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ahmet Davutoglu were made up from images taken from social media.
The faces of the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu have entered the Guinness Book of Records after being emblazoned on the world’s biggest poster.
The 4,709 square metre poster was prepared by the country’s ruling Justice and Development Party, known by its Turkish initials, AKP, as a “surprise” to the two leaders, as the country prepares for a general election next month.
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The canvas features the portraits of Mr Erdogan and Mr Davutoglu side by side, made up of thousands of photographs taken from social media in Turkey.
Below their images stands the slogan: “The people are enough for us”.
The poster’s draw on social media will be scorned as ironic by opposition activists who have accused Mr Erdogan of damaging the country’s civil liberties by arresting critics who have voiced their opinion on social media.
Earlier this year Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were blocked after the image of an Istanbul prosecutor held hostage was shared by users.
It was not the first time social media came under attack. Early in 2014, Mr Erdogan raged against social media organisations for allowing the dissemination of damaging wiretapped recordings indicating corruption inside his inner circle.
“We are determined on the issue, regardless of what the world may say,” Mr Erdogan said. “We won’t allow the people to be devoured by YouTube, Facebook or others. Whatever steps need to be taken we will take them without wavering.”
The image was unveiled on Saturday at a rally in Istanbul to mark the 562nd anniversary of the mega-city’s conquest by the Ottoman Empire.
Seyda Subusu Gemici, the Guinness referee, said that previous record had been held by India for a poster at 3,361 square metres in 2014.
Mr Erdogan is both Turkey’s most charismatic and most controversial political figure.
His party has been a wild success, winning seven consecutive general, local elections and two referendums. His latest success was winning the August presidential election.
Last year, despite the ‘Gezi park’ protests, a decline in the health of Turkey’s economy, and international condemnation for increasing arrests of Turkish journalists, Mr Erdogan won the presidential election in the first round.
Since then Mr Erdogan has been working to force changes to the country’s constitution to increase presidential powers.
The scope of his ambitions is reflected in his new abode: the biggest presidential palace in the world.
Mr Erdogan, who designed much of the palace himself, ordered its construction on protected forest land in the capital Ankara, ignoring several court orders and spending £384 million.
Boasting 1,000 rooms covering a total floor area of 3.1 million square feet, the palace is four times the size of Versailles, allowing Mr Erdogan to exceed the residential grandeur of Louis XIV, the “Sun King” of France.
Critics of Mr Erdogan denounced the project as a folie de grandeur.
“The so-called sultan has built this for himself in a country where three million people are without work,” said Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the opposition Republican People’s Party. “You cut down hundreds of trees to build yourself this palace.”