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Iranian President has fallen ill: Report

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has fallen ill due to his heavy workload, a close associate told the Iranian state news agency on Saturday.

world Updated: Oct 26, 2008 16:20 IST

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has fallen ill due to his heavy workload, a close associate told the Iranian state news agency on Saturday.

Parliament member Mohammad Ismail Kowsari, a close ally of the president, told IRNA that Ahmadinejad is feeling under the weatherbecause of the strain of his position.

"The president will eventually heal and continue his job,"said Kowsari, who last September accompanied the president on his trip to the UN General Assembly. "Every human being can face exhaustion under such a workload."

The Iranian president reportedly works a 20 hour day and has not appeared in public since Tuesday.

State television yesterday said he participated in the funeral ceremony for the recently discovered remains of soldiers from the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, but showed no images of him.