Iraqi president suffers stroke; hospitalized

Fourth Estate Cooperative Staff

Baghdad, Iraq (4E) – President Jalal Talabani, an ex-Kurdish rebel, was rushed to a Baghdad hospital due to a health emergency Monday night.

The president’s official website said that the emergency happened due to fatigue and tiredness and also because of hardening of one of his arteries. The president’s condition is later said to be stable as body was functioning normally, the site reported.

However, there were mixed reports in media with one said that the president went into a coma after suffering a stroke.

The state television confirmed reports of stroke. Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Talabani’s chief of staff said that the doctors had kept the president under observation in the intensive care unit, but he is in stable condition.

Meanwhile, Turkey offered to bring 79-year-old President Talabani for treatment in Ankara. In a statement, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “We told them that we can bring President Talabani via an air ambulance to a hospital in Turkey or just send an air ambulance if they prefer that instead. It is up to the Iraqi officials to review the options we presented them.”

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and other top Iraqi officials including, Vice President Khudayr al-Khuzaie, Deputy Prime Ministry Hussein al-Shahristani and Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak visited the president at the hospital, the presidency’s website said.

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