Turkish President’s Health Rumors Denied: Dispelling Misinformation

2023-06-09 22:12:00

Today, Friday, the Turkish Presidency Administration denied press reports about the deteriorating health of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stressing that these allegations are not true.

Earlier, journalist Jan Atakli wrote on Twitter that doctors might prepare to perform surgery on Erdogan in the near future, while the journalist did not specify the reason for the operation or the medical condition.

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The Center for Combating Disinformation of the Presidential Administration said: “We draw your attention that the allegations in a number of accounts about the president’s health are untrue, baseless and aim to manipulate public opinion.”

Speculations about Erdogan’s health increased last month, after he canceled campaign rallies due to a “slight malaise”, as Erdogan said, via Twitter, “I will go to rest at home today (Wednesday) as advised by our doctors,” referring to the health problems he has suffered from recently. .

The health of the Turkish president sparked speculation after he underwent surgery in the large intestine at the end of 2011 and then a second surgery in 2012. Erdogan, who was prime minister at the time, publicly denied that he had colon cancer, explaining that the operations were aimed at removing polyps.

The parliamentary and presidential elections held on May 14 represented the biggest electoral challenge to Erdogan, the longest-serving ruler in Turkey’s modern history, after the cost of living crisis and growing resentment towards the millions of Syrian refugees in the country eroded his popularity.

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