Iran's President Suffering From Exhaustion
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, said Sunday that he is suffering from exhaustion, a confession some believe may be masking a larger health concern, reported The New York Times.
Suspicions arose after Ahmadinejad canceled several meetings over the week, which included a canceled speech on Wednesday, reported BBC News.
Facing reelection, Ahmadinejad is becoming increasingly unpopular. His opponents point to his unfulfilled campaign promises as well as his inability to capitalize on rising oil prices. Additionally, Ahmadinejad's refusal to cooperate with the West regarding Iran's nuclear program has resulted in three rounds of crippling economic sanctions on the country.
With oil prices plummeting, Ahmadinejad faces even greater scrutiny as he tries to repair the country's economy, a task which includes reducing the 10 percent unemployment rate and curbing the country's 30 percent inflation rate.
''Thank God, I do not have an illness. Exhaustion is possible, but no illness,'' Ahmadinejad said. "''Of course, we are also human beings, and sometimes we catch a cold."