Presiden Erdoğan’s Office Has Released A Video of Ramadan’s Fast Table

In the photograph above, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pictured meeting with former and current officials from his country’s Directorate General for Religious Affairs, also known as the Diyanet, for an iftar dinner on Sunday.

You may have noticed that the table at which Erdogan and others are eating is large. Very large. In fact, it’s hard to imagine how a table like this is practical. It certainly doesn’t lend itself to an intimate dinner.

Turkish Internet users noticed this, too. And they responded. Some suggested, for example, that the huge size of the table was appropriate only for an equally large meal.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s office has released a video on the making of the gigantic iftar dinner table, which was criticized over its gaudiness and excessive cost.

The extravagant iftar dinner was organized at the controversial palace on June 22 and the gigantic table that served 29 guests stood at the center of the debate.

Tezcan Karakuş Candan, the head of the Ankara branch of the Chamber of Architects, made a statement criticizing the dinner, claiming the table’s estimated cost was as high as 240,000 Turkish Liras ($89,500).

However, the claims were rejected with a written statement released by the office of Erdoğan’s chief press adviser.

“The figures which were alleged by a professional organization in an effort to draw attention to the presidential palace in Beştepe with lies are entirely untrue,” the statement read.

The video released by the president’s office supported the statement’s claim by revealing the table was made by putting together a large circle table and seven smaller rectangular ones.