The office of Iraq's ailing president says he is responding well to treatment in Germany after suffering a stroke.
A statement on January 5 describes Jalal Talabani’s health situation as "reassuring."
Talabani, 79, was flown to Germany for treatment more than two weeks ago.
A report on January 4 in the French newspaper “Le Figaro” quoted Kurdish political sources as saying the president was "clinically dead" in a Berlin hospital.
Talabani's office called the report "totally baseless."
The Iraqi presidency is a largely ceremonial role.
But Talabani’s hospitalization has injected more uncertainty into the country's political future, as protest rallies grow in Sunni areas against the Shi’ite-led government.
Based on reporting by AP and AFP