03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Iraqi Prime Minister Flies To London For Checkup, Denies Reports Of Suffering From Exhaustion

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki flew to London on Saturday for what he said was a routine medical checkup.

Two aides denied wire reports that Maliki, who has faced increasing criticism for presiding over a paralyzed government, was suffering from exhaustion.

They said the prime minister had wanted to get a checkup for some time and had decided to take advantage of a recent ebb in violence to make the trip. He is expected to return to Iraq within days, said Yassin Majid, the prime minister's media advisor.

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