Former KKTC leader’s health deteriorates

Former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktaş was admitted to a hospital in Lefkoşa on Jan. 5 following complaints of diarrhea and fatigue. (Photo: AA)

January 12, 2012, Thursday/ 14:02:00

Former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktaş’s health has deteriorated, his son said on Thursday.

Serdar Denktaş, leader of the Turkish Cypriot opposition Democratic Party (DP), said he was told by doctors that his father’s health has deteriorated following various problems with his internal organs.

He is now in the intensive care unit and his situation is critical, according to private broadcaster NTV.

Denktaş, who was first hospitalized in May following complaints stemming from high blood pressure, later underwent brain surgery in Ankara. He was admitted to a hospital in Lefkoşa on Jan. 5 following complaints of diarrhea and fatigue.

Denktaş, 87, is the founder and first president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC), a position he held from 1983 to 2005.

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