Turkish Officials Dismiss Rumors on President Erdoğan’s Health


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  • Turkish officials reject rumors about President Erdoğan’s health, confirming he will attend the Akkuyu Nuclear Plant fuel delivery ceremony via video link.
  • Erdoğan cancels meetings and events for Wednesday and Thursday, with the Mersin rally to be rescheduled for a future date.
  • The Akkuyu Nuclear Plant project, in partnership with Russia’s Rosatom, aims to diversify Turkey’s energy sources and boost its economy.

Turkish officials have dismissed rumors surrounding President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s health, stating that he will attend the first fuel delivery for the Akkuyu Nuclear Plant via video link. This follows the cancellation of Erdoğan’s meetings and events on Wednesday and Thursday.

Erdoğan’s Health and Cancellations

President Erdoğan had canceled his meetings on Wednesday, and according to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chair Erkan Kandemir, he has now also canceled his program for Thursday. Kandemir posted on Twitter that their Mersin rally is planned to be held at a future date.

Official Statements on President’s Health

Vice President Fuat Oktay rejected claims that the president’s health condition was serious, stating, “The president’s state of health is really good. We are constantly in touch with him.” He added that Erdoğan will continue to carry out his duties.

The Presidential Communications Directorate also rejected claims that the president had a heart attack. A statement from the directorate’s branch to counter disinformation clarified that social media claims about a heart attack and hospitalization were untrue.

Communications Director Fahrettin Altun also dismissed the rumors in a tweet posted on Wednesday.

“Our Mersin rally is also planned to be held on a future date,” Kandemir posted on Twitter.

Erdoğan had announced on Wednesday that he would take a daily rest after developing a stomach bug on Tuesday. In a Twitter post, he said, “I will take rest as per doctors’ advice. Vice President Fuat Oktay will attend my programs scheduled for today.”

Akkuyu Nuclear Plant Event

The first fuel delivery for the Akkuyu Nuclear Plant in the southern Mersin province is set to proceed as planned, with President Erdoğan attending the ceremony via video link on Thursday.

The Akkuyu plant, which is Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, is being built in partnership with Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation.

The project aims to diversify Turkey’s energy sources and boost its economy.

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