July 5, 2018 / 1:49 AM / 5 months ago

Bolivian President Morales has emergency surgery for tumour

A doctor examines Bolivia's President Evo Morales during his annual health check in La Paz, Bolivia, July 4, 2018 Courtesy of Bolivian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales has undergone an operation for a “small tumour” that was detected during a routine check-up, he said on Wednesday in a Twitter post.

Morales, 58, who has been in power since 2006 and signalled a controversial intention to run for a fourth term next year, posted a picture of himself being checked by medics in a hospital bed and declared that he was “very well, 100 percent” and would be discharged on Thursday.

“Very grateful for your solidarity, your prayers and your blessings,” he wrote. “In a routine check-up doctors found a small tumour which has been removed satisfactorily through an emergency but low-risk operation.”

The president’s office said Morales had been treated at a private clinic in the city of La Paz.

The state news agency ABI said Morales, who it added “practices sports regularly and works in his office normally from five in the morning until midnight,” gave no other details about where the tumour was found, or the surgery itself.

Morales, a former coca farmer and the country’s first indigenous president, previously underwent surgery in Cuba to remove a benign tumour from his throat and in Bolivia for football-related injuries to his knee.

(This version of the story corrects name of state news agency in paragraph five)

Reporting by Aislinn Laing and Danny Ramos; Editing by Leslie Adler

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