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Turkmen Leader Gets Clean Bill Of Health


http://gdb.rferl.org/0d93dc8f-5482-4796-9488-ef64c0f5964a_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/0d93dc8f-5482-4796-9488-ef64c0f5964a_mw800_mh600.jpg Doctors say President Niyazov's "good spirit" keep him healthy (RFE/RL) 14 December 2005 -- Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov is in good physical shape, according to doctors who yesterday conducted a routine medical examination on him in Turkmenistan.


ITAR-TASS quoted German Dr. Hans Meissner as saying that the test results were "even better than the previous ones."


Meissner, who performed open-heart surgery on Niyazov in 1997, said Niyazov's "inherent and immutable good spirit enables him to resist constant stress and manage physical strains" connected his work.


In February, a month in which Niyazov turned 65, the president underwent surgery on his left eye after admitting he could "hardly see" some of the people at an official event.


(ITAR-TASS)

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