Former Iraqi pres., Kurdish leader Talabani dies at 83

TEHRAN, Oct. 03 (MNA) – Former Iraqi president and leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Jalal Talabani died in Germany, at 83.

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.

Talebani reportedly died after his condition rapidly deteriorated on Tuesday, his close friend said Erbil officials.

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