After a brief stint in an Iraqi hospital, President Jalal Talabani was flown to Jordan, where he was again hospitalized. His office said there was no cause for worry, but inconsistent reports on his status have clouded the picture — he’s either suffering from kidney problems or low blood pressure, depending on who is asked.


Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih said Mr Talabani had suffered a drop in blood pressure, while another ally said he had been having kidney problems.

Mr Talabani, a Kurd, was last seen in public on Saturday in the northern city of Sulaimaniya, where, according to one report, he was hospitalised for several hours.

On arrival in Amman, he was driven directly to the specialist King Hussein Medical Centre, reports said.

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