Erdogan ‘sounds like rooster’ in screech speech

VIDEO: Election campaigning may be taking a toll on the Turkish PM, with ‘cracks’ beginning to show in his voice

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He may not look noticeably tired during his final election campaign push this week, but “cracks” are beginning to show during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recent speeches.

On Friday, Turkish media picked up on Erdogan’s voice beginning to give out on him in two speeches earlier this week, the latest one in the city of Van on Thursday ahead of the local elections on March 30.

At some points during the speech, his voice became so high-pitched and scratchy that it was likened to a rooster’s crow. Judge his chords for yourself in a compilation of his latest speeches captured by Turkey's Hurriyet Daily here.

Just before he launched his screechy address, Erdogan apologized for the quality of his voice.

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“Additional rallies planned for today [Friday] have been cancelled so that the prime minister can give his vocal chords some rest. Probably a good call,” The Huffington Post reported on Friday, also noting the Turkish premier is no stranger to odd speeches.

“[He] baffled audiences with a giant hologram version of himself in an address last January, although that was at least delivered in his usual baritone cadence,” the report added.

Erdogan under fire

Erdogan has recently been under fire after Twitter was blocked in Turkey last week following his threat to “wipe out” the social network - one of several highlighting corruption allegations in his inner circle.

"We will wipe out Twitter. I don't care what the international community says," premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an election rally in the western province of Bursa.

"They will see the Turkish republic's strength," he added.

Early this month, Erdogan warned that his government could ban popular social media networks Youtube and Facebook after the crucial March 30 local election, triggering international concern.

In power since 2003, Erdogan has been under mounting pressure after audio recordings allegedly show his involvement in corruption, and others portraying him interfering in business deals, court cases and media coverage.

He dismissed most of the recordings as "vile" fakes concocted by his rivals.

Erdogan's government was been rocked by a vast corruption probe launched in December which saw dozens of people rounded up including the premier's close business and political allies.

The Turkish strongman has accused associates of a former staunch ally -- U.S.-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen -- of being behind the graft probe that claimed the scalps of four ministers.