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Former Iraqi President Aref dies at age 91

August 25, 2007

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— Former Iraqi President Abdel-Rahman Aref, overthrown more than 35 years ago in a coup that brought Saddam Hussein's Baath party to power, died in Amman early Friday at the age of 91.

Aref died at the King Hussein Medical Center in the Jordanian capital at dawn, Iraqi charge d'affaires in Amman, Tahseen Alwan Ina, told The Associated Press.

Aref's family, most of whom live in Jordan, had called to inform him of the death, Ina said. The diplomat had no details on Aref's health or the circumstances of his death.

Aref, whose rule was considered weak, settled in Jordan after leaving Iraq following the U.S. -led invasion that toppled Saddam in 2003.

Aref is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.

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