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Officials Counter Ahmadinejad Health Rumors

I find this kind of by c hance that there is an article about Ahmenidijad and his health due to exhaustion.
Last night, before I went to bed, I was thinking how stressful it must be to be a president of ANY country.
I felt kind of bad for them, since they always need to be up early, and they don't get to go to bed until late. I don't realize how lucky I am, since I can (on some mornings) sleep late, and (for now) I can take things easy.

Here is the article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/27/world/middleeast/27iran.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin



TEHRAN — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran is suffering from exhaustion because of the strain of his job, the official news agency IRNA reported Sunday in an unusual disclosure about the health of the country’s top elected leader. But the news agency quoted a political ally as saying Mr. Ahmadinejad would make a full recovery.
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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, helped by his bodyguards, at a religious ceremony on Saturday in Tehran. An official news agency said Sunday he was suffering from exhaustion. State television quoted him as saying that he might be exhausted, but that it was nothing more serious. Mr. Ahmadinejad has said that he works 20 hours a day.
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State television also quoted Mr. Ahmadinejad himself as saying that he might be exhausted, but that it was nothing more serious. “Of course, we are also human beings, and sometimes we catch a cold,” he was quoted as saying.

The official news accounts apparently were meant to rebut rumors that Mr. Ahmadinejad, who is in his early 50s, may be ill and not up to running for re-election in June. Those rumors, on nongovernment Web sites including some associated with Mr. Ahmadinejad’s political rivals, have suggested that his condition could be more serious, particularly since he has canceled several events in the past week.

The talk about his health comes at a time of increased pressure on Mr. Ahmadinejad, primarily for what critics call his mishandling of the economy in Iran, which has led to an inflation rate of 30 percent. His government faced one of its worst crises this month after street-bazaar merchants in major cities went on strike to protest enforcement of a new sales tax. Analysts have warned that the economy could worsen because of the tumbling price of oil, Iran’s leading export, which could force severe budget cutbacks and rising unemployment.

Mr. Ahmadinejad is also known for his unyielding position on Iran’s uranium enrichment program, which the United States, Israel and the European Union suspect is meant for developing an atomic bomb, an accusation that Iran denies.

Mr. Ahmadinejad’s refusal to halt uranium enrichment has led to United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran and contributed to its increased economic isolation.

“The president will eventually recover and will continue his work,” said Mohammad Esmail Kowsari, a member of Parliament and a close ally of Mr. Ahmadinejad, according to IRNA.

IRNA also reported Sunday that Mr. Ahmadinejad had become fatigued because of the strain of his job. He has said that he works 20 hours a day.

Mr. Kowsari said that the president’s rivals were using a simple illness as “psychological warfare,” but that they were doomed to fail.

On Saturday, state-run television showed Mr. Ahmadinejad receiving the credentials of three foreign ambassadors.

He met with governors general, leaders of Iran’s regions, on Sunday, according to IRNA, and during that meeting he attacked his critics by saying they had “tried maliciously” to ignore the positive and constructive efforts of his government.

Shahab News, an unofficial Web site, reported that Mr. Ahmadinejad suffers from “exhaustion and low blood pressure,” the same problem that forced him to cancel many events for three consecutive weeks in May. It said that a close aide had said the president was suffering from “weakness” caused by “the pressure of his work.”

The Web site also said: “Mr. Ahmadinejad’s illness has led political circles to believe that he might not be able to run for re-election next year.”

The news came as Parliament moved on Sunday to impeach Interior Minister Ali Kordan, a close ally of Mr. Ahmadinejad over claims of lying about his university degrees. A vote was set for Nov. 4.

Mr. Kordan claimed that Oxford had given him an honorary doctorate, but investigations revealed that his degree was fake.

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