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Zambian president in France after surgery

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa was transferred from Egypt to France following surgery for a stroke he suffered during a meeting of the African Union.

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt  - Zambian President Levy
Mwanawasa was transferred to France on Tuesday following
"successful surgery" in Egypt after he suffered a stroke at an
African summit, an Egyptian official said.


Mwanawasa, 59, was rushed to a hospital on Sunday ahead of
the African Union meeting in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.


"He had successful surgery and he was transferred today to
France to continue his treatment," Egyptian Foreign Ministry
spokesman Hossam Zaki told reporters at the summit venue.


The AU meeting was dominated by an election crisis in
Zimbabwe, and on Tuesday the continent's leaders adopted a
resolution calling for a national unity government and more
talks to resolve the political turmoil.


Mwanawasa, current chairman of the Southern African
Development Community, has been one of the more vocal critics of
Zimbabwe's veteran President Robert Mugabe.


The Zambian leader is a favourite of the International
Monetary Fund and other Western donors, who have extended
billions of dollars in debt relief after his crackdown on
government spending and launch of an anti-graft drive. He also
suffered a mild stroke in 2006.

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