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Turkey's Erdogan cancels campaign travel after health scare

Despite earlier claims that the president's televised health scare was "a mild inconvenience," Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken the day off from active campaigning and will attend a high-profile ceremony at Turkey's new power plant through a video link on Thursday.
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IZMIR, Turkey — With just 17 days to go until the elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s health has caused alarm on Wednesday after canceling his campaign travel two days in a row, including a previously planned trip for a high profile ceremony at Turkey’s new power plant in Mersin on Thursday. 

The cancelation follows a health scare that the Turkish leader suffered during a live-TV interview on Tuesday night.

"Today, I will rest at home with the advice of my doctors," Erdogan wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials said that Erdogan would attend the ceremony via video links instead of in person, unlike planned initially.

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