Syrian government denies President Assad in poor health

Reports claim Syrian president in poor health; Office of the President denies reports, claiming they are a result of “changing circumstances in the field and politically”

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Reports have surfaced in the media that Syrian President Bashar Assad has been suffering from poor health and has been hospitalized, Assad’s regime officially denying the reports on Tuesday claiming the President is in “excellent health”.

Reports released on Monday claimed that Assad may have suffered from a stroke and that the Syrian government is hiding his illness to the public, the Syrian government denying the reports claiming  that rebel forces and opposition orchestrated the reports for political reasons.

Other reports surfacing claim that Assad was stabbed in an assassination attempt by one of his bodyguards.

The Office of President Assad released the following statement on Tuesday, “The presidency denies all these reports. President Assad is in excellent health. They [the reports] coincide with the changing circumstances in the field and politically.”

Assad, who has been in his position of power for over 17 years, was last seen meeting with Russian and Turkish officials in Kazakhstan last week during talks for continuing a ceasefire in the region.

The Syrian President was last reported to have spoken with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on the phone on Monday.