Daily Israel Report

Turkey's Erdogan Undergoes Second Surgery

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan undergoes a second surgery, follow-up to abdominal surgery in November.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/12/2012, 6:21 AM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan underwent a second surgery on Friday, his office told the Turkish Hürriyet newspaper.

According to the prime minister's office official statement, Erdogan had undergone a 30-minute long minor surgery that was a follow-up on the operation on his digestive system last November.

The report said that journalists had rushed to Medipol Hospital in Istanbul's Koşuyolu district after a report that Erdogan was hospitalized there for a routine check-up and a minor surgery.

After Erdogan’s first surgery, Western intelligence sources claimed he is suffering from rectosigmoid cancer but that it is not known what stage the disease has reached.

The country’s health minister, Recep Akdağ, denied the report and said, “Our prime minister is in good health, but we recommended he gets some rest following recent laparoscopic surgery.”

Hürriyet reported that one of its columnists had asked Erdoan if he had cancer during an interview on January 19, to which Erdogan replied, “No.”

Erdogan, who came into power in 2003, won a third consecutive term in office in parliamentary elections last June. His Justice and Development Party won 50 percent of the vote, which give it 326 seats in parliament.

In recent months he has been in a diplomatic row with Israel, constantly verbally attacking the Jewish State.