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Iraq president to be treated in Germany

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s president, Jalal Talabani, will be flown to Germany for further treatment after suffering a stroke earlier this week, two Kurdish officials close to him said Wednesday.

Medical specialists from Germany and other countries began arriving earlier in the day to assess the 79-year-old president’s condition.

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Iraqi doctors at the Baghdad intensive care unit where Talabani is being treated said he is in stable condition and getting better, but they have released few details about his illness.

Talabani, a member of Iraq’s Kurdish minority, was taken to the hospital late Monday. His illness raises new concerns about Iraq’s stability, which is being tested anew by a recent spike in tensions between the central government and the Kurds.

The head of his media office, Barazan Sheikh Othman, also said doctors were preparing to transfer him.

Talabani’s official powers are limited, but he is seen as a rare unifying figure. Iraq’s Parliament has the authority to choose a new president.

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