The office of Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev revealed overnight that he had been laid low by heart troubles as he was flying to New York, but only images captured by Turkish media exposed the apparent seriousness of the situation.
Atambayev’s plane was forced to make an unscheduled landing late on September 19 as the president was making his way to the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. His office now says that he may not return to work before the start of October.
According to a report in Turkish newspaper Sozcu, Atambayev was initially rushed an airport hotel in an ambulance. Later, he was flown out of Istanbul to a hospital on the Aegean Sea.
Atambayev now reportedly needs to undergo urgent medical treatment, which will require him being out of action for several days.
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