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Tariq Aziz, former Iraqi foreign minister, dies

Tariq Aziz, who served as the international voice of Saddam Hussein?s regime in Iraq, has died in hospital after several years of poor health in jail, a provincial official said. Adel Abdulhussein al-Dakhili, deputy governor of Dhi Qar province where the former foreign minister was jailed, told Agence France-Presse ?Tariq Aziz died in Hussein teaching hospital in the city of Nasiriyah where he was brought when his health condition worsened,? Dakhili did not specify what Aziz died from, but his health had long been failing, as he suffered from heart and respiratory problems, high blood pressure and diabetes. His family repeatedly called for his release and in 2011, his lawyer said Aziz wanted the then premier Nouri al-Maliki to accelerate his execution due to his worsening health.

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