UPDATE: Cyprus’s Denktash health deteriorates

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Veteran Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash was in “critical” condition on Thursday as a respiratory problem complicated his treatment following an embolic stroke, doctors said.

“Lung respiration deteriorated during the day … His condition is stable but critical,” said Finn Rasmussen, part of a medical team treating Denktash in the northern sector of the island’s divided capital Nicosia.

The 87-year-old, who retired in 2005, was hospitalised late on Tuesday after an embolic stroke, suffering significant loss of mobility on his left side and a sporadically blurred consciousness.

The lung complication “has reversed the positive outlook of yesterday,” another doctor, Erkan Kaptanoglu, said, adding that Dektash was receiving respiratory support.

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