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Spain’s deputy PM leaves hospital

Spain’s deputy prime minister, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, left hospital on Friday five days after he was admitted for an infection caused by a prostate biopsy, the government said.

Rubalcaba, 59, one of the most powerful figures in the government, “will continue his treatment at home and can resume his activities in the coming days,” the interior ministry said in a statement.

He was admitted to Madrid’s Gregorio Maranon hospital on Sunday suffering from a high fever.

Doctors diagnosed a urinary tract infection caused by a prostate biopsy carried out three days earlier and he was transfered to intensive care on Monday.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero named Rubalcaba deputy leader in October 2010 as part of a broad government reshuffle. Rubalcaba retained the post of interior minister, a job he has held since April 2006.