Johnson’s ‘ancestral’ Turkish village excited by premiership

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Published on July 26, 2019 - Duration: 00:46s

Johnson’s ‘ancestral’ Turkish village excited by premiership

A village in central Turkey, to which Boris Johnson's Turkish ancestry can be traced, is abuzz with excitement and pride over the news that a man they see as one of their own has become prime minister of Britain.

Residents of the mainly farming village of Kalfat, in Cankiri province, some 62.14 miles north of the Turkish capital Ankara, gathered at its main assembly place on Tuesday to celebrate after Johnson won a Conservative Party leadership contest triggered by the resignation of Theresa May.

Residents here dismiss as "political rhetoric" past comments by Johnson that were sometimes deemed to be anti-Muslim or anti-Turkish and said they hope that he will visit Kalfat as prime minister.


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