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    Iraqi president's absence rocks Kurdistan’s political apple cart *px

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    Some may consider him a ceremonial president but he’s also known as Iraq’s peacemaker. 79-year-old Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is receiving care in Germany after suffering a stroke in December. Talabani’s absence has unsettled the already tense relationship between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq’s central government. The latest dispute concerns payments from Baghdad to oil companies in Kurdistan.