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Iraq President Talabani Returns After Long Absence

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July 19, 2014 AT 6:31 AM
President Jalal Talabani returned to Iraq on Saturday for the first time since he suffered a stroke a year and a half ago and was flown abroad for medical treatment, state television said. Although the presidency is a largely ceremonial position, Talabani was widely seen a unifying figure, both within Iraq and his own Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, which has struggled to contain internal divisions without him at the helm.