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Brazilís President Released from Hospital

BRASILIA Ė Brazilís President Michel Temer was released from the hospital on Friday, two days after undergoing surgery for a urinary problem, medical officials said.

Temer, who had been hospitalized since Wednesday at Sao Pauloís Sirio-Libanes Hospital, left that facility by helicopter after doctors authorized him to return to Brasilia.

Temer made a satisfactory recovery from his operation on Wednesday, but was kept in the hospital as a precautionary measure, according to a medical bulletin released on Thursday.

At the advice of his medical team, Temer has postponed an Asian tour that would have included official visits in January to Vietnam, Singapore, East Timor and Indonesia.

Brazilís Foreign Ministry will work with authorities in those four countries to schedule a new date for the trip, the government said.

Temer also was forced to cancel his Thursday schedule, which was to include the swearing-in of Carlos Marun as his new government secretary (the presidentís top congressional liaison).

Officials said that ceremony could take place on Friday.

The 77-year-old conservative head of state has suffered different health problems in recent months that have forced him to suspend official activities and twice cancel a visit to Brazil by Bolivian President Evo Morales.

He eventually met with that leftist leader on Dec. 5 in Brasilia.

In October, Temer underwent a prostate operation to correct a urinary obstruction and later had an angioplasty to widen three obstructed coronary arteries.

 

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