Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is said to be recovering in a Saudi hospital where he underwent surgery a day after his office announced the visit as a normal medical checkup. Quoting a statement from al-Bashir’s office, the country’s official SUNA news agency on Monday reported that President al-Bashir “will do a normal medical review connected with an infection in his throat.” The statement assured the public that the president is “in good health and is carrying out all his presidential activities normally.”
Less than 24 hours later, al-Bashir’s press secretary Emad Sayed Ahmed, told SUNA that his boss had a successful surgery and is expected to be discharged from hospital in the “the next few hours.”
But the timing of the president’s illness, less than a month after undergoing a similar surgery, is fuelling growing speculation about the state of health of the 68 year-old leader with an ICC arrest warrant hanging over his head.
Ahmed was quick to dispel the rumours surrounding al-Bashir’s health last month, as it has become the common practice in a continent where the health of a sitting president is often regarded as a taboo subject which must be shrouded in secrecy.
“During Ramadan he [al-Bashir] had minor surgery and it is finished,” Ahmed had assured the Sudanese people. “There is nothing now.”
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