Fraga collapses raising fears for health

5th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

5 October 2004, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – Manuel Fraga, the only former minister from the Franco era still holding power, collapsed Tuesday as he gave a speech, possibly signalling the beginning of the end of his long career.

5 October 2004

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – Manuel Fraga, the only former minister from the Franco era still holding power, collapsed Tuesday as he gave a speech, possibly signalling the beginning of the end of his long career.

Fraga, who is head of the regional government in Galicia in north-west Spain but who formed the conservative opposition Popular Party (PP) after the death of the dictator, had fainted, medical sources said.

Medics were called and the regional parliamentary session had to be suspended.

The 81-year-old has vowed to continue as head of the Galician government earlier this year and is still an important figure in the PP.

Doctors later said Fraga had suffered low blood sugar which affected his blood pressure.

This could have been caused because of a busy, stressful programme after attending the PP party congress at the weekend.

Fraga has suffered from gastroenteritis in recent weeks and also had fainting fits in the past.

Next month, the former tourism minister under Franco, will be 82 – the oldest serving frontline politician in Spain.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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