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Iranian president ill with exhaustion

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is suffering from exhaustion, but reports of his illness have stirred speculation as to if he will be running for presidency next June, reported the The Los Angeles Times.

A close associate said the president became sick because of overworking, and exhaustion.

"Every human being can face exhaustion under such a workload," lawmaker Mohammed Ismail Kowsari, an ally of Ahmadinejad, said in the interview with the LA Times. "The president will eventually get well and continue his job."

Ahmadinejad missed a few public appearances last week. He however told a reporter in a televised report Sunday night that he was not ill.

The president's absences have prompted rumors that Ahmadinejad is on his way out. But Ahmadinejad's close allies said his critics are trying to use what they say is a routine illness for political advantage.

Esmail Kowsari, a member of Iran's parliament, called this "psychological warfare" aimed at creating division among fundamentalists who make up Ahmadinejad's political base. (CNN)