Iranian Prez's Illness Nothing Serious, MP Says

Rumors to contrary are just political 'ploy'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 26, 2008 11:01 AM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, is helped by his bodyguard to climb onto the back of a truck during a religious ceremony Saturday, Oct, 25, 2008.    (AP photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
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(Newser) – The irrepressible Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is suffering from exhaustion, but it won’t keep him down for long, an MP told an Iranian news agency. Rumors that the Iranian president is very sick are “psychological warfare,” “an old ploy” designed to undermine him among fundamentalists before next June’s elections, the president’s ally said. The agency said Ahmadinejad’s condition had forced him to miss recent events, CNN reports.

“The president will eventually fully recover and will continue with his work, but the shame of this thing will be left forever for some people,” the MP noted.