January 19, 2016 / 3:59 PM / 3 years ago

Leader of Merkel's Bavarian allies collapses at party event

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian state premier and leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer (R) arrive to give a statement during the annual CSU Epiphany meeting in the southern Bavarian resort of Wildbad Kreuth near Munich, Germany January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

KREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavaria-based conservative allies on Tuesday collapsed during a speech at a party event but then recovered, a party member said.

Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), delivered the rest of his speech sitting and underwent a check-up by medics, CSU Secretary-General Andreas Scheuer told reporters.

A witness told Reuters that Seehofer had earlier spoken of having a cold. Seehofer, who has had heart problems, also collapsed at an event last year.

Reporting by Reuters TV and Jens Hack; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Michelle Martin

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