Guinea-Bissau president hospitalised in Senegal

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The president of Guinea-Bissau, Malam Bacai Sanha, was hospitalised this week in Senegal's capital Dakar and will later be transferred to Paris for treatment, his office announced in a statement.

"The cabinet of the president of the republic informs national and international opinion" that the president "went (on Tuesday) to Dakar, as part of routine medical treatment. He will be admitted to the main hospital" in Dakar, said the statement released late Wednesday.

Sanha "will subsequently go to France to the Val de Grace (military) hospital (in Paris) to follow up on his treatment." The Val de Grace hospital frequently takes in ailing leaders of French allies.

A source close to Sanha's office told AFP that the president's health had recently deteriorated and that he had to go to Dakar "urgently". Sanha, who was elected in 2009, has been ill several times.

"The health of President Sanha has really deteriorated in recent times, because of an overloaded programme, and he has decided to go and have tests in Dakar as a first stage," the source said.

Aged 64, Sanha has been hospitalised in Dakar and Paris frequently since he came to power, but officials in Guinea-Bissau and the medical corps have not divulged the nature of his illness.

His last hospital stay in Dakar began on August 31 and lasted for two weeks.

© 2011 AFP

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