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Türkiye: Two Weeks Before the Presidential Election, Recep Tayyip Erdogan Reappears in Public

The Turkish head of state, who covets a third term, and unfavorable in the polls, had not appeared in public all week for health problems.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan wanted to reassure about his state of health, this Saturday, April 29. The Turkish president reappeared in public, after several days which had left room for doubt as to his state of health. Two weeks before the presidential election, Recep Tayyip Erdogan had made no appearance this week, except by videoconference, because of an intestinal virus. He had to interrupt a live television interview last Tuesday, before returning, pale-skinned, and cutting the interview short. According to AFP, he appeared combative at the Teknofest air show, where he was dressed in a red jumpsuit.

This show allows the Turkish military industry to exhibit its drones as “the largest in the world” . For 20 years in power, the Turkish president is aiming for a third term, but is in difficulty in the polls, ahead of his main opponent, Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, supported by a coalition of six parties. The opportunity for Erdogan to virulently attack his opponents: “With the scandalous statements they have made in recent days, they reveal their hatred and their grudges” , he chanted, without mentioning his state of health.

Resumption of meetings

“But no matter what they try to do, they won’t get anywhere ,” he added, accusing opposition members of being “agents” of the West. Two weeks before the ballot, scheduled for May 14, Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to want to regain control with a meeting during the day in Izmir, on the west coast. He was accompanied to the Teknofest fair by Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dbeibah and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. Two countries to which Turkey supplies drones. On Sunday, the Turkish head of state will be meeting in the capital, Ankara.

Opposite, his opponent, Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, continues the meetings and can now count on the support of the pro-Kurdish left party HDP, the third political force in the country, which on Friday called on its supporters to vote in its favor. It is not the first time that Recep Tayyip Erdogan has contracted health problems. At the end of 2011, speculation was rife when the leader had undergone a large intestine operation, then another the following year. Then Prime Minister, he had publicly denied suffering from colon cancer, explaining that the operations were aimed at removing polyps.

Source : Le JDD