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Turkish government is offering matchmaking services

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The Turkish government is playing matchmaker and will even help pay for your wedding

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Political parties often appeal to the public come election time, making large claims and sweeping promises. Money will be poured into this area, they say. People will benefit from this venture, they persuade.

But, at a recent rally in the lead-up to elections to be held in Turkey this month, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is appealing to crowds by offering to be their personal matchmaker.

"You have a job, a salary, food — what's left? A partner," Davutoğlu told supporters in southern Turkey.

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"When you want to get married, you go to see your parents first. God willing, they will find the ideal person. If that's not the case, speak to us," he said.

Prime Minister Davutoğlu has become that annoying matchmaker friend we all have. You know the one. Every time you see them they ask, "Are you seeing anyone?" If you forget to lie, they'll shoot back at you with an excited raise of the eyebrows before letting you know they have the perfect person for you.

That "perfect" person always happens to either be a man about two feet shorter than you, or a university professor who has been confined to his office for so long that he's forgotten how to interact with human beings.

As you can imagine, the people of Turkey, mainly the young ones who realise the ridiculousness of being set up by their Prime Minister, because gross, have jumped on social media to make fun of the idea.

"Quit being a politician and start a dating agency," one person said on Twitter.

"After coal and rice, now Davutoğlu is distributing wives! I want one too!" said another.

This isn't the first time a government has meddled in the romantic lives of their countrymen and women.

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When Australia's fertility rates were at their lowest, at around 1.75 kids per woman, Johnny Howard and the Liberals took it upon themselves to encourage widespread baby making.

He may not have become a national matchmaker, but he did implore people to have more children, saying, "You should have one for the father, one for the mother and one for the country. If you want to fix the ageing demographic, that's what you do."

Prime Minister Davutoğlu has gone one step further, though, sweetening his matchmaking skills with some cold hard cash, too.

Speaking over cheers, Davutoğlu said that the government would even add 20 per cent of what the parents have paid into a wedding bank account.

The government literally wants to help pay for people's weddings. If that sounds too good to be true, well, it probably is. He is a politician after all.

What do you think about the Turkish government becoming a matchmaker? Share your thoughts below.

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