Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has temporarily halted his election campaign after falling ill during a live TV interview, causing the broadcast to be abruptly stopped.
After a 20-minute break, he returned, explaining he had “serious stomach flu” following two days of intense campaigning. Erdogan, 69, is facing his most challenging election campaign yet, with main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu running for a group of six political parties.
Polls indicate a close race, giving Kilicdaroglu a strong chance of victory in the May 14th elections.
Erdogan has cancelled several appearances, including the opening of Turkey’s first nuclear power station at Akkuyu, which will now be inaugurated online by Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.