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.