A museum dedicated to incumbent Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to open in the Kasımpaşa neighborhood of Istanbul, where Erdogan was born and spent his early life, according to Turkish journalist Murat Sabuncu.
The museum is scheduled to open sometime prior to the Turkish presidential election, set to take place in May this year. The museum will be built in a style inspired by Ottoman and Seljuk architecture.
Erdogan has served as Turkey’s president since 2014. Before becoming president, he was also the country’s prime minister between 2003 and 2014. During the 1990s, he was the mayor of his birth city, Istanbul.
Museum will explore the life of Erdogan
According to Turkish media sources, the museum will display photos of Erdogan’s childhood, his family members, and his time spent playing amateur football. The exhibits will also include content associated with his political career.
Murat Sabuncu, a Turkish journalist, reported that the museum was given the go-ahead by Erdogan himself after the delivery of a presentation earlier this month.
Construction of the multi-story museum will be carried out by Outdoor Factory (Açıkhava Fabrikası). The company is well known for its links to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), originally founded by Erdogan in 2001.
The land on which the museum will be built reportedly belongs to Fettah Tamince, who is the founder and chairman of Rixos Hotels. Tamince is one of the leading figures in the Turkish hospitality business and is also believed to have close ties to Erdogan’s government.
The museum’s architectural style will draw from Seljuk and Ottoman influences. It will be situated near the water and will also have a large garden area.
Elections in Turkey
The museum, which is set to center on the life of the Turkish president, is scheduled to open sometime before the presidential and parliamentary elections later this year.
Turkey’s next general election was officially due to be held on June 18. However, Erdogan made an announcement in January that he would bring the elections forward to May 14, perhaps a few weeks after the elections in Greece, widely expected in late April.
Thus far, four candidates have declared that they will be running for the position of president. The incumbent President Erdogan, Cem Uzan, Muharrem İnce, and Sinan Oğan
Speculation has been mounting that Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, a rival of Erdogan would also run for high office. However, in December last year, he was sentenced to 2 years and 7 months in prison by a Turkish court on charges of insulting members of Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council.
The court convicted Imamoglu of the charge and also imposed a political ban that could lead to his removal from office, jeopardizing his potential election bid for the Turkish presidency.
According to data from PolitPro, the latest polls indicate that Erdogan’s AKP remains in the lead, with the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in second place, and Good Party (iYi) in third.