A top aide to Ahmadinejad, Amir Mansour Borghei, told journalists the president was "indisposed".This follows reports about North Korea's Kim Il Jung's poor health, and Cubans continue to watch for signs that Fidel Castro has indeed given up the ghost and the regime admits that he's dead.
Iranian news Web site Shahab said doctors had advised the president to reduce his workload if he wanted to avoid illness, quoting "sources close to the government."
The Web site indicated that the president had pulled out of the engagements due to fatigue caused by low blood pressure.
However, other sources in Teheran speculated that the opposition was spreading rumors about Ahmadinejad's health in order to garner support for next year's elections.
Then again, Venezuela's economy appears to have caught pneumonia as oil prices have tumbled and the socialist agenda of [T]hugo Chavez has meant electricity shortages to go along with food shortages and nationalization of industries. Iran and Russia face a similar situation, as oil prices have put a serious dent into their plans for regional hegemony and standing up against the US.