Sunday 26 March 2017

Israeli ex-leader Shimon Peres recovering after night in hospital

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres (AP)
Former Israeli president Shimon Peres (AP)

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres is "doing great" after spending the night in hospital, a doctor treating the 92-year-old has said.

Mr Peres was rushed to hospital on Sunday night with chest pains, days after he suffered a mild heart attack.

Doctors detected an irregular heart rate and Mr Peres was monitored in hospital overnight as a precaution.

Mr Peres's personal physician, Raphi Walden, told Israeli Army Radio on Monday that the ex-leader's heart rate had returned to normal. He said it is not yet clear when Mr Peres would be discharged.

Mr Peres, a Noble Peace Prize laureate, completed his seven-year term as president in 2014. He remains active through his non-governmental Peres Centre for Peace, which promotes co-existence between Arabs and Jews.

In his seven-decade political career, he also served three brief stints as prime minister.

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