Sudden change of plans for the Turkish president who did not appear to speak Sunday 3/7 at a large planned rally in Bursa. There was no announcement from the Turkish presidency, with a local member of his party speaking of a joint election. On social media, however, unconfirmed rumors about paresis on the left side of his face are rife.
The city was prepared and decorated with flags, the parking lots were empty and the streets were green since yesterday just because Erdogan was coming. In fact, the huge convoy of his escort cars had already been transported by special trucks to Bursa.
Expenses and all preparations are said to have amounted to 2.5 million Turkish Liras. (145,000 euros).
There is no official announcement from the Turkish presidency, but AKP MP for the Bursa region, Refik Ozen, stated that the gathering was postponed due to the president's “common cold”. “The health of our President is more important than anything else,” Ozen said.
AKP'li Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan'ın iptal edilen Bursa mitingi için yola çıkarılan TIR'lara yüklenmiş otomobiller böyle görüntülendi…
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The announcement of the postponement of the gathering was made by at the head of the office of the ruling party in Bursa, Davut Gurkan in KMD. The related post said, “The Bursa Meeting, which was to be held in the presence of our President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the opening ceremonies of our Private and Public Institutions, has been postponed to a later date with the approval of our President.”
According to MP Ozen who was connected by phone to a broadcast of a local television channel in Bursa, President Erdogan could not watch the programs because of a “cold… I hope he recovers as soon as possible”, he said.
Meanwhile on Turkish social media, there are rumors that the Turkish president suffered partial paralysis on the left side of the face, but this has not been confirmed so far.