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(Hürriyet Newspaper, 6 November 2016)
Gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair...
After a brief hiatus, the Parliament came back into session on 1
October. The women parliamentarians, as usual, caught the eye
with their colorful outfits. But actually this year some of the male
parliamentarians stood out because of some changes in their
There are some more AK Party members who have had hair
implants. And those who have cut their mustaches after leaving
ministerial posts were the subject of jokes and chatter. Hürriyet's
Parliament reporter Nuray Babacan noticed that the aesthetic
changes most prevalent among the ruling party members are hair
This trend started a few sessions ago and the latest converts are
AKP Ankara Parliamentarian Ertan Aydın and Nevşehir's
Murat Göktürk. Their hairs are just about to sprout, drawing the
attention of their friends who want details about the procedure
and doctor recommendations.
Would you vote for this guy now?
Among those getting hair implants last session were European
Union Minister Ömer Çelik, former Culture Minister Mahir Ünal,
former Youth and Sports Minister Suat Kılıç and former Deputy
Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan.
The person who started all this 8 years ago is AKP Karaman
Parliamentarian Mevlüt Akgün who declared himself a "hair
implant specialist." Following his lead then were Necati
Çetinkaya (AKP Elazığ), Egeman Bağış (AKP İstanbul), Nevzat
Doğan (AKP Kocaeli), Zeyid Aslan (AKP Tokat), Vahit Kiler
(AKP Bitlis), Mehmet Durdu Kastal (AKP Osmaniye), Mehmet
Sevigen (CHP İstanbul), Süleyman Turgut (AKP Manisa),
Hüseyin Bayındır (CHP Kırşehir) and Muharrem İnce (CHP
Added to the hair trend these days are mustaches. Since
President Erdoğan has indicated that cabinet ministers should
have mustaches (!), this has been talked about for days now.
Ministers who at first resisted are now growing mustaches, with
the exception of clean-shaven Ömer Çelik.
Yalçın Akdoğan, who left the cabinet recently, has shaved off
his mustache (in protest?). All eyes are now on former Interior
Minister Efkan Ala. One former AKP minister, whose mustache
was hard to make out anyway, was scolded for not having a
thick enough mustache. In response, he proclaimed in jest that
"this much of a mustache is enough for this office."