Iraq ex-president dies in Jordan

Updated on Aug 24, 2007 05:27 PM IST

Former Iraqi president Abdel Rahman Aref, who was ousted by Saddam Hussein's Baath party in 1968, died in Jordan today at the age of 91.

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AFP | By, Amman

Former Iraqi president Abdel Rahman Aref, who was ousted by Saddam Hussein's Baath party in 1968, died in Jordan on Friday at the age of 91, his family said.

Aref, who had been living in Amman for three years, died of natural causes a Al-Hussein Medical Centre, a military hospital in the Jordanian capital, according to a family source.

Aref, who is survived by five children, took part in the 1958 military coup led by his brother Abdel Salam Aref that overthrew the Iraqi monarchy.

After his bother died in a helicopter crash, he ruled the country from 1966 to 1968, until he himself was ousted in a Baathist coup and then lived in exile in Turkey before returning in 1979.

Saddam's Baath party ruled Iraq with an iron grip for decades until it was toppled by the US-led invasion of 2003.

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