Erdogan opens third bridge over Istanbul’s Bosphorus

A picture taken on August 26, 2016 in Istanbul shows a general view of the Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge during its inaugurationPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated the third bridge over the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia in Istanbul, a spectacular project at the heart of his drive to create a lasting historical legacy. The work — one of the longest suspension bridges in the world — will allow Erdogan to show that his dream of creating a glitzy "new Turkey" with ultra-modern infrastructure is on track despite the July 15 failed coup and a string of militant attacks. Erdogan cut the ribbon to open the bridge and was then driven across in a presidential bus flanked by a security convoy of dozens of cars and motorcycle outriders.


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