Guinea-Bissau PM: President to head home

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Posted: Sep 12, 2011 1:51 PM
Guinea-Bissau PM: President to head home

The prime minister of Guinea-Bissau says the president will return home this week after leaving a hospital in neighboring Senegal where he was receiving treatment.

President Malam Bacai Sanha was taken to a hospital in Dakar, Senegal's capital, nearly two weeks ago. The government said he was receiving a medical checkup. But his unexpected departure heightened speculation about the health of the leader who is a diabetic and who has frequently been hospitalized since his election two years ago.

Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Jr. said Monday that he spoke with the president and he was fine. He said Sanha had already been released from the hospital, was at a home and would return to Guinea-Bissau this week. He gave no further details.

Since taking office in 2009, Sanha has been hospitalized in Paris, as well as in Dakar.