Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered a health condition inside a mosque in Istanbul during the morning Ramadan prayers on Sunday. Reason for the health condition which some media described as ‘fainting’ was allegedly the President’s low blood pressure due to diabetes and a heavy schedule. Some blamed also the long period of fasting during the Ramadan.
A reporter of Turkish newspaper Hürriyet who was covering the morning prayer of Erdogan said that he saw the president collapse at 6 a.m. before the start of the prayers.
“The president arrived at the mosque at 5:20 a.m. After exchanging Eid greetings with citizens, he entered the mosque and started waiting. The fact that he started leaning toward the left while sitting at around 6 a.m. drew attention from those around him. Bodyguards quickly ran to the scene and then the doctors came,” said the reporter according to HurriyetDailyNews.
“The president was taken to another part of the mosque on a stretcher. Reporters were not allowed near the mosque until Erdoğan had spoken to them after the prayers,” the reporter stressed adding that Erdogan “looked well after receiving treatment.”
In a video Erdogan is seen walking together with several government officials and body guards exiting the mosque.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he is in a good condition after suffering a “minor health problem” during prayers marking Eid al-Fitr early on June 25.
“I have a small condition about my blood pressure, related to my diabetes,” Erdogan told reporters in front of the Mimar Sinan Mosque after prayers in Istanbul’s Ataşehir district.
“Thank God, I’m well now,” he added.
There were no changes reported in Erdogan’s program after the problem, he was expected to attend an Eid al-Fitr celebrations later on Sunday afternoon.
An official statement issued by his doctors’ said that President Erdogan’s blood pressure was too low due to low blood sugar (probably because of the fasting).
“This may happen to anybody under this intense schedule. May God give him a quick recovery,” Abdullah Gul, the 11th president of Turkey commented.