File - Talabani has been receiving health care in Germany for months.
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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is to return from months of treatment abroad, with his crisis-hit country on the brink of breakup but his native Kurdistan buoyant with statehood hopes.The PUK said Talabani, due to fly into his Kurdish fiefdom of Sulaimaniyah, would resume his duties as head of state, in a statement also confirmed to AFP by his son Qubad.While most of Iraq's political power lies with the prime minister's office, the 80-year-old Talabani was long seen as a key mediator between Iraq's feuding factions.According to an unofficial power-sharing deal struck after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, Iraq's president should be a Kurd, the premier a Shiite and the parliament speaker a Sunni Arab.Barzani, who once fought a bitter internecine war against Talabani for supremacy during the Kurdish rebellion, has blamed Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-dominated government for the collapse of the Iraqi army and the increase of sectarian tension.
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