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Turkey’s Erdogan Cancels Public Appearances After Falling Ill As Election Nears

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's health became a major concern as crucial elections loom.

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Erdogan fell ill during a live televised interview, forcing him to cancel two days of campaigning.

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The president later revealed that he was suffering from a serious stomach flu.

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Erdogan's illness resulted in the cancellation of several public events.

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Despite his illness, Erdogan appeared via video link for the inauguration of a nuclear power plant on Thursday.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin virtually attended the ceremony and spoke with Erdogan on the phone beforehand.

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The two leaders discussed the Russia-Ukraine war and a grain agreement, according to a statement from the Turkish Presidency's directorate of communication.

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Turkey's Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said that the Turkish people stand with their leader and his party.

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Some social media images suggested that Erdogan was critically ill in the hospital, but these claims were dismissed as disinformation.

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The upcoming election is considered the most important in Turkey's modern history.

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The country is still recovering from a deadly earthquake that killed over 50,000 people in February.

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The election also falls amid a currency crisis and soaring inflation.

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Erdogan hopes to extend his power into a third decade, but his victory is far from certain.

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The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party announced that it would not put forward its own presidential candidate, potentially allowing its supporters to vote for Erdogan's main rival.

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The leader of the Republican People's Party is Erdogan's strongest contender in years.

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The six-party Nation Alliance opposition bloc is backing Kilicdaroglu.

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The HDP is considered the kingmaker in the election due to the significant Kurdish minority in Turkey.

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Kurds make up between 15% and 20% of the population, according to Minority Rights Group International.

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Erdogan's illness has added further uncertainty to an already tense election season.

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The world will be watching closely to see how the election unfolds and what it means for the future of Turkey.