Turkish President Erdogan's Photo Ops Keep Getting Weirder

Huffington Post

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is no stranger to bombastic displays. Anyone who watched a giant hologram version of him deliver a speech can attest to that, but things have gotten even more odd in recent weeks.

After the first shots of Erdogan's gargantuan new palace and images of a theatrical welcome ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, the number of photo ops in which Turkey's leader appears imperial seems to be escalating. This culminated Monday in a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in which the two politicians were flanked by warriors in full regalia from each of the 16 Turkish empires.

At a time when Turkey's observers are worried about the president's authoritarian tendencies, scenes like the ones below aren't exactly reassuring.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shake hands. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)


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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walks between the honor guards wearing historic Turkish warriors costumes before a ceremony for his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas. (Adem Altan/AP Photo)


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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, salute the Turkish Presidential Guard Regiment soldiers. (Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


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Sixteen soldiers stand guard during the meeting of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (Aykut Unlupinar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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