Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cut short a live television interview on Tuesday. He came back 15 minutes later and apologized citing enteric fever.
The 69-year-old leader delivered three campaign speeches on Tuesday, with presidential and legislative elections expected to be very close on May 14.
Ulke is going to end the evening live with a joint interview on TV and Kanal 7 stations.
His TV appearance started more than 90 minutes late, then was interrupted 10 minutes into the interview in the middle of a question.
The camera was rolling and the reporter who asked the question got up from his chair when the transmission broke. “Oh wow,” said an unidentified voice behind the camera.
Erdogan returned 15 minutes later and apologized for being unwell.
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Mondays and Tuesdays are “too much work. That’s why I got enteric fever,” he said. “At one point, I thought it would be a bad idea to cancel the show. But I promised. I apologize to you and your audience,” Erdogan added.
His face looked tired and tearful as he spoke. The Turkish president then answered a few questions before the program ended.
Erdogan and his Islamic-conservative AKP party have dominated Turkish politics for 20 years. The current election campaign is the biggest challenge for the current president. Opinion polls have him tied or beaten by Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
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