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S. African president discharged from hospital

English.news.cn   2014-06-09 17:39:19            

CAPE TOWN, June 9 (Xinhua) -- South African President Jacob Zuma has been discharged from hospital after undertaking medical tests, the Presidency said on Monday.

"The President will continue to rest for a few days and will work mainly from home during the rest period," the Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe said.

Zuma's admission into hospital at the weekend drew concern from the public.

Authorities refused to divulge his condition, saying he undertook routine medical tests.

Zuma, 72, was advised on Friday to rest following a demanding election on May 7 and transition program to the new administration, the Presidency said then.

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) demanded clarity on Zuma's condition and whether Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had taken over his official duties.

In his Monday statement, Radebe said: "We thank the public for the messages of support and good wishes that have been received since the news of the hospitalization of the President was made public."

The president undertakes two major medical examinations per annum, the first one in January and the second in June.

"This time round, the doctors felt he needed to be hospitalized for a thorough check-up following a demanding schedule. The doctors are happy with the results," said Radebe.

He rejected earlier media reports that the president had made certain "unscheduled visits" to Durban hospitals early this year.

"All visits are booked in advance and those mentioned were part of the annual first semester check-ups," said Radebe.

Editor: Fu Peng
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