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  'Silent coup' rumors swirl as Zardari leaves Pakistan
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Last EditedAshley  Dec 07, 2011 04:04am
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News DateWednesday, December 7, 2011 09:15:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionISLAMABAD -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has traveled to Dubai after falling ill, fuelling rumors Wednesday of his possible resignation.
Close associates of the president told the Associated Press he is currently "unwell," but did not provide specifics. His condition did not appear to be life-threatening, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Zardari's office said he was undergoing routine medical tests and a check-up "as planned." However, Reuters cited a source in Dubai as saing that Zardari had suffered a minor heart attack.
"Two days ago, he had chest pain," the source added.

The president's spokesman denied a media report that the trip meant Zardari, who has been under pressure from a memo scandal that forced the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. to resign, would cite failing health as a pretext to step down.
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