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Iraqi president's health 'improving' in Germany

The Local · 30 Mar 2013, 17:36

Published: 30 Mar 2013 17:36 GMT+01:00

"The president's health is improving, and he is responding well to treatment," said Najm al-Din Karim, governor of Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk.

"He is speaking, reading, eating and undergoing physiotherapy," Karim said, and added that Talabani's memory was recovering and he was able to identify those around him.

"The German medical team is optimistic his health will continue to improve. His return to Iraq depends on the decision of the medical team in Berlin."

Talabani, 79, travelled to Germany in December after suffering a stroke, the latest in a series of health problems he has suffered in recent years.

His health has major political implications in Iraq, where he has sought to bring together feuding factions, Sunni and Shiite, Arab and Kurdish.

Talabani, who was born in November 1933, underwent successful heart surgery in the United States in August 2008. The previous year, he was evacuated to neighbouring Jordan to be treated for dehydration and exhaustion.

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He has also travelled to clinics in Europe in the past for treatment for a variety of ailments.

AFP/The Local/kkf

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

18:14 March 30, 2013 by raandy
Thanks for the update I was sitting on the edge of my chair waiting for the news up date on his condition.
19:28 March 30, 2013 by Berliner1978
Understandably not important to you, but it is to some.....possibly relevant to the 19 people killed and 63 wounded in the 4 VBIED (car bomb) attacks on 4 Shi'te mosques by Sunni extremists here in Baghdad yesterday.......since he is, as it is noted, in that position for what he can do as far as unity which is in short supply here.....there are those here in Iraq who would act (or not) based on whether he died or not and who might replace him......such things have consequences for someone, even if it's not you.....and that's what makes it "news" to Iraqi's in general and the thousands of Iraqi's who for some reason live in Germany......
21:16 March 30, 2013 by raandy
Ya, man I have sen a war myself but why should I get my nickers up over yours
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