Despite living in the world’s biggest residential palace that cost £384 million, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan insists he is not seeking to be a sultan, but more like the British Queen.

The Turkish president referred to the UK as an example for Turkey to follow as he explained that changes to the role of the president would not alter the Turkish republic’s democracy.

“In my opinion, even the UK is a semi-presidency. And the dominant constituent is the Queen,” Mr Erdoğan told Turkish state broadcaster, TRT.

The UK has a constitutional monarchy in which parliament decides and makes laws and the Queen’s role is largely ceremonial.

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