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In a par­lia­men­tary com­mis­sion, the vice-pres­i­dent of the Peo­ple’s Repub­li­can Par­ty, Sez­gin Tan­rıku­lu, sub­mit­ted one thou­sand ques­tions to Prime Min­is­ter Davu­toğlu con­cern­ing detail of the way costs were cal­cu­lat­ed for the new palace and the pres­i­den­tial plane.

Sez­gin Tan­rıku­lu men­tionned the dec­la­ra­tion of the Finance min­istry accord­ing to which the palace and the plane had cost, respec­tive­ly, 1,37 bil­lion lira and 185 mil­lion lira.

30 000 appart­ments, 120 stu­dent res­i­dences, 36 planes, 13 satel­lites

The ques­tion also dealt with the seri­ous prob­lems in Turkey per­tain­ing to lodg­ing, edu­ca­tion, water instal­la­tions and the pre­ven­tion of vio­lence against women. Here are a few of these ques­tions:

*In a coun­try where 40-day old infants die of pneu­mo­nia because of hous­ing prob­lems, could we not have built 20 000 homes at a cost of 60 000 lira each for peo­ple with low rev­enues?

*Would it not have been more advis­able to build 120 stu­dent res­i­dences at a cost of 15 mil­lion each, for 60 000 stu­dents?

*In a coun­try where 639 vil­lages have no water sup­ply, could we not have cre­at­ed some there?

*Could we not have bought 36 Canadairs at an aver­age cost of 25 mil­lion lira each? (Note: every sum­mer, for­est fires are a recur­ring prob­lem in Turkey.)

*Would we not have spent 1,8 bil­lion lira for the res­o­lu­tion of vio­lence against women, child mar­riages and wom­en’s unem­ploy­ment?

*Could we not have launghed 13 satel­lites for a cost of 140 mil­lion lira each?

Sez­gin Tan­rıku­lu also asked what was the true cost of the new pres­i­den­tial palace, the month­ly expen­di­ture on elec­tric­i­ty, and the cost of import­ed mate­ri­als for its inte­ri­or design.

Source Bianet – 1, 000 Ques­tions for Pres­di­en­tial Palace’s 1, 000 Cham­bers – 9 Dec 2014

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