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Former Iraqi President Overthrown by Baath Party Dies in Jordan


Former Iraqi President Abdel Rahman Aref, who was overthrown in a 1968 coup that brought Saddam Hussein's Baath Party to power, has died in Jordan. He was 91.

Mr. Aref died Friday at a hospital in Amman. He had lived in Jordan for the last three years.

Mr. Aref, who is survived by his wife and five children, became president in 1966 after his brother, who was president at the time, died in an aviation crash. The brother was part of a 1958 military coup that overthrew the monarchy. Mr. Aref was president for two years, until he was ousted in a Baathist Party coup.

He lived in exile in Turkey and eventually returned to Iraq. He moved to Jordan in 2004.

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