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Zambia's president recovering after surgery in SA

The suregry was to correct a narrowing of the oesophagus which caused him to fall ill a week ago.

Edgar Lungu (l) talks to foreign affairs minister Harry Kalaba during a military exhibition march past on 24 October, 2014 to mark Zambia's 50th Independence celebration. Picture: AFP

LUSAKA - Zambia's new President Edgar Lungu has undergone surgery at a South African hospital to correct a narrowing of the oesophagus which caused him to fall ill a week ago, his spokesman said.

Lungu underwent "a medical procedure" on Friday and he was expected to be discharged from hospital later on Saturday, spokesman Amos Chanda said in a statement.

"Doctors have said the results of the procedure were good. The president has been asked to return for medical review in a few weeks' time," Chanda said.

Lungu, 58, went to South Africa on Tuesday after he was discharged from a Zambian hospital, where he had been receiving treatment after feeling unwell while at an International Women's Day event in the capital on Sunday.

Lungu assumed the helm of Africa's second-largest copper producer in January after winning a narrow victory in an election to replace former leader Michael Sata, who died in October.

Doctors had advised Lungu to undergo specialist treatment abroad to correct the problem with his oesophagus, which was a recurring condition.

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