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Erdoğan back on campaign trail after falling ill earlier this week – POLITICO

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan resumed election campaigning on Saturday after falling ill during a live television broadcast on Tuesday evening.

Erdoğan had canceled public appearances for three days, after suffering what Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca later described as gastroenteritis.

But on Saturday, the Turkish president appeared at an aviation festival in Istanbul, flanked by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, AFP reported.

His illness came at an unfortunate time for Erdoğan, who faces an uphill battle for re-election when Turkey goes to the polls on May 14.

Erdoğan, who has been in power since 2003 as prime minister and president, votes neck and neck with opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, according to the POLITICO poll.



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