Turkish PM's office denies reports Erdogan was hospitalized

August 12, 2013 23:19

ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office denied on Monday reports he had been hospitalized for a stomach condition in the past week, dismissing what it called "baseless allegations".

Speculation about Erdogan's health has been rife since he had surgery to remove polyps from his intestines in late 2011.Polyps are abnormal growths of tissue which can be cancerous. However, following the surgery, Turkish media cited Erdogan's doctor as saying the polyps had been harmless.

Monday's reports, published in the Yurt newspaper and other Turkish dailies, said Erdogan had spent five days in hospital with an upset stomach. The papers provided no source for the reports.

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