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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered from a health problem during a live TV interview late on Tuesday night, which put it on a brief hiatus, but it was back on the air minutes later.
Turkey’s conservative Islamist president, 69, said he suffered from a stomach ailment as he is in the midst of an intensifying campaign for a new (and declared final) term as president, seeking to extend his political rule that has lasted since 2003. First as prime minister and then In 2014 as President.
“It is normal that we face some of these issues from time to time when we have a busy schedule,” Erdogan said after resuming the interview on Channel 7. He answered another question and then the interview ended.
Erdogan was due to appear at elections in three central Turkey provinces on Wednesday, but on the advice of his doctors, he canceled it.
I would like to thank each and every member of my noble nation, each of my brothers and sisters, who have conveyed their wishes and prayers for the minor inconvenience caused to me while broadcasting due to my busy work.
– Recep Tayyip Erdogan (@RTErdogan) April 26, 2023
“I would like to thank every one of my noble nation, every one of my brothers and sisters, who conveyed their wishes and prayers for the little inconvenience caused to me while broadcasting due to my busy work. Today I will rest at home in accordance with the advice of our doctors. Unfortunately we will not be able to join my brothers from Kirikkale, Yozgat and Sebastia today.”
Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay will speak in his place at the rallies scheduled before the elections.
He concluded: “God willing, we will continue our program starting tomorrow. We will continue to work to achieve the goals of our beloved Turkey’s century. I take this opportunity to wish all citizens health, peace and prosperity.” Erdogan.
Erdogan was not caught by the cameras because he was upset and turned to reporters, but the voice of one of those present in the room could be heard through the microphones saying, “Oh, no, no.”
The show started an hour and a half late without any explanation. Erdogan said he considered postponing the interview due to stomach problems.
His main rival in the presidential race, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, wished Erdogan a “speedy recovery” in a message on Twitter.
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