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Iraqi President Suffers Stroke

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Found this article and wonder if he can't continue his duties, who will take the place as president. And what do people think of the person who would take his place ?


Iraqi President Suffers Stroke

CBS/AP) Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has suffered a stroke and traveled to Jordan for treatment, reportsCBS News reporter Kristin Gillespie in Amman, Jordan.


A spokesman in Talabani's office confirmed to CBS News in Baghdad that the president has had a "small stroke" and is now in Amman.


The confirmation of a stroke came after a brief statement released by his office, which stated only that the 73-year-old Talabani had fallen ill because of "continuing hard work over the past few days," and that there was "no cause for worry."


Talabani, a Kurd, appeared in public Saturday in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah where he met with U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Massoud Barzani, leader of the self-rule Kurdish region in northern Iraq.


In Sulaimaniyah, senior Kurdish politician Barham Saleh said Talabani was on his feet when he headed for a meeting Sunday with top aides shortly before he left for Jordan.

But the 73-year-old president was unconscious when an ambulance rushed him to a local hospital, a doctor in the northern Kurdish city told The Associated Press.


"After his condition stabilized, the doctors advised him to go to Jordan for a complete checkup," the doctor said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.


Saleh, a deputy prime minister, said members of Talabani's immediate family accompanied him to Amman.


Late Sunday, Iraqi Ambassador Saad al-Hayyani told AP that Talabani arrived in Jordon for a medical checkup intended to determine the cause of his feelings of exhuastion.


"The President's plane just landed in Amman and he will soon be whisked away to an Amman hospital for medical checkups," Al-Hayyani told The Associated Press.




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