Guiena Bissau President Leaves Senegal Hospital

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Guinea-Bissau say President Malam Bacai Sanha has left a hospital in neighboring Senegal after a week of health checks.

Officials say the president plans to spend a few more days in Senegal before returning home.

The 64-year old president went to Dakar at the end of August for an unexplained hospital visit.

Mr. Sanha is known to have diabetes, as well as trouble with hemoglobin levels in his blood. He missed official events in Guinea-Bissau in the days before he left for Dakar.

Mr. Sanha has made multiple trips to Senegal, France, and Portugal for medical care since taking office in September 2009.

He was elected in July 2009 to replace President Joao Bernardo Vieira, who was assassinated four months earlier.

Guinea-Bissau has a history of coup attempts and instability since winning independence from Portugal in 1975.