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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Erdogan’s money troubles

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call for citizens to convert their dollars to prop up the sagging Turkish lira continues to elicit colorful responses. Barbers promised free haircuts to customers who could prove that they had exchanged their dollars, and stonecutters offered free tombstones. Today, a crooner from the heavily Kurdish province of Hakkari answered the call and dumped his dollars, with a video to prove it.  Sporting a crown crafted from lira banknotes and singing his latest composition extolling the virtues of the Turkish currency, Aydin Aydin threw a fistful of greenbacks into the Zap River near his native village of Bagisli, on the Iraqi border. Some of Aydin’s fellow villagers, similarly adorned with lira crowns, braved the snow to join him in the bizarre ceremony. “In keeping with our esteemed president’s orders, I am supporting the campaign to ditch dollars,” Aydin declared.

To access the complete article, please use this link: Al-Monitor