Turkish President Erdogan Asks Forgiveness for Delays in Earthquake Relief

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked forgiveness from the residents of Adiyaman province, which was hit hard by the devastating earthquake of February 6, for the delays in relief efforts.

“Due to the severe destruction caused by the earthquakes and the bad weather, we could not work as we wanted on the first days in Adiyaman. I ask forgiveness for that,” Erdogan said on a visit to the province three weeks after the earthquake that claimed more than 44,000 lives in Turkey and hit neighbouring Syria.

The Turkish president, who has been in power for 20 years and wants to remain in office after the elections on May 14, was widely criticized by the population for the slow delivery of aid. However, four days after the disaster, Erdogan struck al mea culpa, also in Adyaman, without asking for forgiveness.

On Monday, Erdogan promised to construct nearly 50,000 new homes in Adiyaman province. 309,000 new homes would be built in the eleven affected provinces.

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