Jalal Talabani in a coma

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Jalal Talabani

Jalal Talabani

Jalal Talabani, the Iraq president and leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), is seriously ill in a Baghdad hospital. It is reported that he had a stroke at around 3am local time and is now in a coma.

Talabani, 79, has suffered from major health problems in recent years and was abroad for extended treatment earlier this year.

Yesterday, PUK Politburo member Mula Bakhtiar told Lvinpress that he was against anyone in the party putting themselves forward to replace Talabani.

However, if the PUK leader does not recover, there will inevitably be a fierce factional struggle for the control of the party and its plentiful resources. The main contending groups will be based around Talabani’s wife, Hero, the former Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) premier, Barham Salih, and the veteran Peshmerga leader, Kosrat Rasul.

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One Response to Jalal Talabani in a coma
  1. Ari kader
    December 18, 2012 | 22:53

    berez Jalal Talabani , has done a lot for Kurds , from Peshmergayety,Jashayety, Kurdayety,Serokayety . I wish him recovery , and when his time comes I wish him a painless departure . We love berez Jalal Talabani ♥♥♥♥God,Ahuramazda,Allah,Yahuda ♡♡♡♡ legel meye

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