Kocharian Undergoes Appendix Surgery

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–President Robert Kocharian underwent abdominal surgery in Yerevan on Thursday after being hospitalized with acute appendicitis.

According to the presidential press office–the 30-minute operation resulting in the removal of his appendix was successful and Kocharian’s condition is now "satisfactory."

The 47-year-old leader will be discharged from hospital in "one or two days," the press office said in a statement.

A presidential spokeswoman–Hasmik Petrosian–told RFE/RL that Kocharian is likely to return to work on Monday. He received no visitors except his wife and three children on Thursday–Petrosian said.

An avid swimmer and basketball player–Kocharian is known to have no major illnesses and has already decided to seek another five-year term in office in presidential elections scheduled for next year. It was the first time he was operated on since becoming Armenia’s president four years ago.

The president seemed to be in good health during his most recent public appearance on Wednesday afternoon. Petrosian said he was taken to Yerevan’s Nairi hospital from his home the next morning after a sudden pang of pain.

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