The founder and first president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC), Rauf Denktaş, has partially recovered from a critical health situation.
The 87-year-old former leader suffered early in May after being hospitalized with complaints of high blood pressure.
“Denktaş’s condition is improving in comparison with his state on the day he got back from Ankara. He is not fully conscious but we observe fitful reactions from him when he wakes up,” Ahmet Savaşan, an administrative executive from the Near East University hospital in the KKTC, was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency on Thursday. Savaşan also added that Denktaş was still on life support through a resuscitator.
Denktaş was brought to the Turkish Cypriot hospital by an ambulance plane earlier this week on his request, but his doctor in the KKTC, Mehmet Özmenoğlu, on Wednesday acknowledged that Denktaş’s situation was very critical despite the intensive treatment. The former president, who was diagnosed with a lung infection earlier in May, underwent brain surgery at the Gülhane Military Academy of Medicine (GATA) in Ankara earlier this week.
Denktaş’s son Serdar Denktaş, also a politician, noted that his father wanted to return to the KKTC to see his family in Lefkoşa. Denktaş served his country as the founder and first president from 1983 to 2005.