Iraq: People gather for funeral ceremony of former President Talabani

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Thousands flooded the streets awaiting the funeral ceremony of former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Sulaymaniyah, Friday.
Meanwhile, officials gathered at the airport to meet the plane carrying the body of the former president.
The funeral ceremony of the former Iraqi president, who died in Berlin's Charite University Hospital at the age of 83 on Tuesday, will be held at the Grand Mosque of Sulaymaniyah later on Friday.
Talabani was an Iraqi Kurdish politician who served as the sixth Iraqi president from 2005 to 2014. He founded the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in 1975 and became the first non-Arab president of Iraq two years after Saddam Hussein was ousted.
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