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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