Jalal Talabani, President of the Republic of Iraq is shown at the United Nations in September 2011.
Jalal Talabani, President of the Republic of Iraq is shown at the United Nations in September 2011. Talabani has been hospitalised in Baghdad due to a "health emergency," his office said on Tuesday. © Don Emmert - AFP/File
Jalal Talabani, President of the Republic of Iraq is shown at the United Nations in September 2011.
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Last updated: December 18, 2012

Iraqi president hospitalised due to health emergency

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has been hospitalised in Baghdad due to a "health emergency," his office said on Tuesday.

"Due to fatigue and tiredness, (Talabani) had a health emergency and was transported... to the hospital in Baghdad" on Monday night, said a statement on his website, without providing further details about his condition.

Talabani has struggled with various health problems in recent years.

He underwent successful heart surgery in the United States in August 2008, and a year earlier had to be evacuated to neighbouring Jordan to be treated for dehydration and exhaustion.

He has also travelled to to the United States and Europe for treatment for a variety of ailments.

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