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10/03/2017

Former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani dead, state TV reports

Former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani dead, state TV reports

Iraqi Kurdish leader and former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani has died, Iraqi state TV said.
Talabani, a veteran leader of the Kurdish struggle
for self-determination, stepped down as president in 2014, after a long period of treatment following a stroke in 2012.

Talabani was born near Erbil, now the seat of the Kurdistan regional government in northern Iraq, in 1933. He was the first non-Arab president of Iraq, elected in 2005, two years after the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

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