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President suffering from exhaustion

October 27, 2008

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— President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday he is suffering from exhaustion and two allies said he was suffering under the strain of his job, in a rare disclosure apparently designed to combat rumors the hardline leader is more seriously ill.

A parliament member who confirmed Ahmadinejad's illness accused opponents of using it as an excuse to cast doubt on whether the increasingly unpopular president will run for a second term next year.

The months ahead are critical for Ahmadinejad if he wants to try to rebuild his political base and rebut critics who point to his unfulfilled campaign promises, including his pledge to extend Iran's oil revenues to poorer provinces around the country.

With more than 10 percent unemployment and 30 percent inflation, Iran was unable to bask in record-high oil prices earlier this year. And now with oil prices falling, Iran is certain to face a budget squeeze that could severely complicate Ahmadinejad's last months before he faces re-election.

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Richard Heckler 6 years, 1 month ago

Bush and the Iranian prez have something in common. Both have wrecked their nations economies.War does not pay!!!

Confrontation 6 years, 1 month ago

Could you imagine Dubya suffering from exhaustion?! I don't think it's possible. He'd actually have to do some work first.

monkeyspunk 6 years, 1 month ago

autie,Imagine that for one Saturday, KU changed their uniforms, and make sure you turn the volume down. Kind of works for me.merrill:Problem with your point is, Iran is not at war, and they didn't invade anybody ;-)And to be fair, the Iranian economy is falling victim to the low cost of oil. When it was $147/barrel Mahmoud could ignore international sanctions and spend spend spend. Funding Hezbollah can get expensive you know, meanwhile war seems to have the nasty effect of raising oil prices. Now at $60 a barrel, the economies of Venezuela and Iran, and to a lesser extent Russia are going to take a HUGE hit. He probably took a look at next years budget for Iran, and it made him sick. At least he will have Chavez and Putin so sulk with.

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