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Azerbaijan Leader Gets Medical Tests

January 19, 1999| Reuters

BAKU, Azerbaijan — After examining ailing Azerbaijani President Heydar A. Aliyev, doctors in Turkey have said that his condition is not serious and that he should be back in this capital before the end of the week.

Aliyev, who had seemed in robust health, flew to Ankara, the Turkish capital, on Sunday for medical tests after suffering from bronchitis and a viral infection over the weekend, his doctor said.

The veteran leader's illness has prompted concern here over who might succeed him in this oil-rich nation on the Caspian Sea, politicians and diplomats said Monday. Aliyev, 75, has kept a 1994 cease-fire with ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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